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7.6. Assigning Object References

7.6.3. Discussion

When you do an object assignment using =, you create a new copy of an object. So, modifying one doesn't alter the other. But when you use =&, the two objects point at each other, so any changes made in the first are also made in the second:

$adam = new user;
$adam->load_info('adam');

$dave =& $adam;
$dave->load_info('dave');

The values in $adam are equal to those of $dave.

7.6.4. See Also

Recipe 7.5 for more on copying object; documentation on references at http://www.php.net/references.



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