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Pipelines, immutability and privates

In a new article on his blog Frank De Jonge demonstrates a lesser known feature/bug of PHP.

When two objects are of the same type, they can access the private properties of the other. This might seem like a bug, but it’s actually a very valuable feature. For instance, it allows you to perform very efficient equality checks without the need to publicly expose your internals.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.