PHP 7 - Spaceship Operator


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In PHP 7, a new feature, spaceship operator has been introduced. It is used to compare two expressions. It returns -1, 0 or 1 when first expression is respectively less than, equal to, or greater than second expression.

Example

<?php
   //integer comparison
   print( 1 <=> 1);print("<br/>");
   print( 1 <=> 2);print("<br/>");
   print( 2 <=> 1);print("<br/>");
   print("<br/>");
   //float comparison
   print( 1.5 <=> 1.5);print("<br/>");
   print( 1.5 <=> 2.5);print("<br/>");
   print( 2.5 <=> 1.5);print("<br/>");
   print("<br/>");
   //string comparison
   print( "a" <=> "a");print("<br/>");
   print( "a" <=> "b");print("<br/>");
   print( "b" <=> "a");print("<br/>");
?>

It produces the following browser output −

0
-1
1

0
-1
1

0
-1
1


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