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PHP Variable

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PHP Variable

A Variable is a small temporary memory area use to store value, value can be number, decimal number, text, date etc. Variables act as a "containers" for storing information.
Rules to declare a PHP variable are:
A variable starts with the $ sign, followed by the variable name.
A variable name can contain numbers, letters and underscores.(A-Z, a-z, 0-9, and _ )
A variable name must begin with a letter or the underscore character.
A variable name cannot start with a number and cannot contain special characters.
Variable names are case-sensitive ($age and $AGE are different variables)

Data Types in PHP

PHP has a total of 8 Data Types which we use to declare variables:

  1. Integer: are the whole number, without a decimal point, eg. $var = 12345;
  2. Double: are floating-point number can contain decimal number, eg. $num = 2.2888800;
  3. Boolean: can have only two possible values, true or false, eg. $x = true. Boolean value are often used in condition testing.
  4. NULL: is a special type that only has one value:NULL, eg. $my_var = NULL.
  5. String: is a collection of characters, eg. $str = "This is a string". A string can be any text inside quotes. You can use single or double quotes to represent a string.
  6. Arrays: An array stores multiple values in one single variable, eg. $colors = array("Red","Green","Blue");
  7. Objects: are instances of a class, which can package up both kinds of values and functions that are specific to the class.
  8. Resources: are special variables that hold references to resources external to PHP (such as database connections).

Example: Valid Variable Declaration:
$txt = "Programming is Fun!"; //variable with string value
$a = 5; // variable with integer value
$b = 10.5; //variable with float value
$_city = "Delhi"; //variable with underscore character
$marks2 = 50; //variable name contain number

Example: In-Valid Variable Declaration:
$2marks = 50; //variable name cannot contain number.
$@city = "Delhi"; //variable name cannot contain special characters like @.
$area of circle = 50.5; //variable name cannot contain spaces.
A variable can have a short name (like a and b) or a more descriptive name (like name, age, areaofcircle, total_marks).