PHP’s object syntax

PHP 5 is out, and with it comes better support for objects.

Having been smitten with another P language, I haven’t played with PHP much recently, but one thing struck me as odd.

What’s up with the object references in that language?

PHP uses -> as a seperator, instead of a period — does that strike anyone as odd?

Other languages use dot-notation — which is a fancy term for a period.

So while some of us would do this:

PHP users have to do this: foo->bar()

While the arrow is nice, a good visual way to indicate that you’re accessing an object’s method or properties, is it really worth two keystrokes (three if you count the shift to get the >)?

It may seem minor to some, but it feels fairly disruptive to me.

My hands are used to belting out a period, and often — us journalists like short sentences, and we like our periods (semicolons need not apply).

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