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PHP 7 Null Coalescing Operator

David Egan

One of the goodies in PHP 7 is the null coalescing operator.

This provides an easy method of setting a variable if it exists (i.e. is not null), or setting it to a default if null.

Remember - PHP 7 is required!


The expression (expr1) ?? (expr2) evaluates to expr2 if expr1 is NULL, and expr1 otherwise — PHP Manual

// Null coalescing operator
$foo = $_POST['bar'] ?? 'baz';

// The pre PHP 7 way!
  $foo = $_POST['bar'];
} else {
  $foo = 'baz'

// ...or pre-PHP 7 with a ternary:
$foo = isset($_POST['bar']) ? $_POST['bar'] : 'baz';

This is going to make setting defaults much neater and more readable.

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