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Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript by Robin Nixon

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Chapter 6 Answers

Question 6-1

A numeric array can be indexed numerically using numbers or numeric variables. An associative array uses alphanumeric identifiers to index elements.

Question 6-2

The main benefit of the array keyword is that it enables you to assign several values at a time to an array without repeating the array name.

Question 6-3

Both the each function and the foreach...as loop construct return elements from an array; both start at the beginning and increment a pointer to make sure the next element is returned each time; and both return FALSE when the end of the array is reached. The difference is that the each function returns just a single element, so it is usually wrapped in a loop. The foreach...as construct is already a loop, executing repeatedly until the array is exhausted or you explicitly break out of the loop.

Question 6-4

To create a multidimensional array, you need to assign additional arrays to elements of the main array.

Question 6-5

You can use the count function to count the number of elements in an array.

Question 6-6

The purpose of the explode function is to extract sections from a string that are separated by an identifier, such as extracting words separated by spaces within a sentence.

Question 6-7

To reset PHP’s internal pointer into an array back to the first element, call the reset function.

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