PHP: Class methods catenation (chaining)

PHP: Class methods catenation (chaining)

Current OOP trick. Albeit this time not as functional, but as a visual. So - methods catenation or Class Methods chaining or ganging.

Method chaining is a technique that's common in high level programming languages. It is also used in the I/O handling of C++ standard library. Typically, method chaining simply consists of many methods on a class, each of which returns an object (possibly the current object itself).

$person = new Person();

The result is: Hello my name is Winifred and I am 72 years old.


The trick is at the the function returns. In this case, $ this.

class Person
  private $m_szName;
  private $m_iAge;

 public function setName($szName)
  $this->m_szName = $szName;
  return $this;

 public function setAge($iAge)
  $this->m_iAge = $iAge;
  return $this;

 public function introduce()
  printf('Hello my name is %s and I am %d years old.',


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