Currently there is a funny discussion going on on the php.internals mailing list (Not the first time though). It’s a debate about the syntax of the array notation.
At the moment, when you want to create an array, you’d write:
$myArray = array(); // To initialize it $myArray = array('value', 'foo', 'bar'); // Initialize, and fill it right away
$myNewArray = ; $myNewArray = ['value', 'foo', 'bar'];
I could probably say I’m in favor of adding the extra array syntax, as it shortens the notation for something as trivial as an array.
2 remarks I have about this, one in favour and one against it:
- The array() notation as it currently is, is a bit ambiguous. It looks like a function but it’s not. The square brackets notation would be more consistent.
- As Marcus told, somehow the ‘’ array feels not so PHP like… This might be very subjective though.