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Opened 12 months ago

Closed 9 months ago

#58976 closed task (blessed) (fixed)

PHP 8.0: improvements to allow for named parameters in 6.4

Reported by: hellofromtonya's profile hellofromTonya Owned by:
Milestone: 6.4 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: General Keywords: php80 has-patch
Focuses: php-compatibility Cc:



Quoted in full below:

PHP 8.0 introduces the ability to pass named parameters to function calls.

Code example:

// Using positional arguments:
array_fill(0, 100, 50);
// Using named arguments:
array_fill(start_index: 0, num: 100, value: 50);

// Named arguments do not have to follow the same order as positional arguments:
array_fill(value: 50, num: 100, start_index: 0);

More than anything, this means that, as of PHP 8.0, renaming a parameter in a function declaration is a backward-compatibility break!

This should most definitely get prominent mention in the PHP8 dev-note as a lot of Core/plugin/theme developers will not be aware of this at this time.

I'm opening this ticket to address a number of issues this brings up for WordPress Core.

I've so far identified three tasks which should be executed ASAP to prepare for named parameters in function calls.

Task 1: Review Function Signatures of methods in child classes

Methods in child classes may use different parameter names than those used for the same method by its parent. Similarly, classes implementing an interface do not have to use the same parameter names.

While this does not change in PHP 8, it could create problems when the method is called using named parameters.

To quote from the RFC:

If an inheriting class changes a parameter name, calls using named arguments might fail, thus violating the Liskov substitution principle (LSP).

PHP will silently accept parameter name changes during inheritance, which may result in call-time exceptions when methods with renamed parameters are called

Code sample:

interface I {
    public function test($foo, $bar);
class C implements I {
    public function test($a, $b) {}
$obj = new C;
// Pass params according to I::test() contract
$obj->test(foo: "foo", bar: "bar"); // ERROR!

Note: For variadic functions this will not cause an error, but will move the unrecognized names to be part of the variadic argument, which can cause all sorts of problems.
Code sample courtesy of Chris Riley illustrating the problem:

With regards to WordPress, I'd like to propose making the parameter names in child classes/classes implementing an interface consistent to prevent such issues.

Task 2: Review Other Function Signatures

  1. The function signatures of existing functions and methods of all WordPress code should be examined and non-descriptive parameter names should be fixed (renamed) NOW as later will no longer be an option without creating a BC-break.
  2. While using reserved keywords as parameter name labels is allowed, in the context of function calls using named parameters, this will easily lead to confusion. I'd like to recommend to rename function parameters which use reserved keywords to remove this confusion.
    function array_foobar($toggle = false, $array = []) {}
    array_foobar(array: $value);

Task 3: Review all uses of call_user_func_array()

Named parameters cause a BC-break for call_user_func_array() when passing an associative array.
In previous PHP versions, the array keys would have been ignored. In PHP 8, string keys will be interpreted as parameter name labels.

For more detail, see:

Basically, we need to make sure that any array passed to call_user_func_array() does NOT have string keys. If it does or if the format of the array is unknown (like when it is passed in via a function parameter), we need to add extra safeguards to make the code cross-version compatible.
A typical way to do this would be to use array_values() on the array before passing it to call_user_func_array(), though beware that will break code written for PHP 8 which actually expects the label to be used.

Other references:

Related Trac tickets: #50913, #50531

Change History (4)

This ticket was mentioned in PR #5425 on WordPress/wordpress-develop by @Rahmohn.

9 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch added

This PR updates the parameter names in the WP_Block_List class to follow the same defined in the ArrayAccess interface.

Trac ticket:

#2 @SergeyBiryukov
9 months ago

In 56803:

Code Modernization: Update parameter names in the WP_Block_List class.

This makes the parameter names consistent with the ArrayAccess interface.

Reference: PHP Manual: The ArrayAccess interface.

Follow-up to [48159].

Props rahmohn.
See #58976.

@SergeyBiryukov commented on PR #5425:

9 months ago

Thanks for the PR! Merged in r56803.

#4 @hellofromTonya
9 months ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

6.4 RC1 is in a few hours and then will be branched. #59649 is now open for 6.5.

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