[pmwiki-users] best practice

Crisses crisses at kinhost.org
Tue May 9 13:31:25 CDT 2006

On May 9, 2006, at 1:28 PM, Joachim Durchholz wrote:
>> I don't know a lot about it, but from what I do know, these variables
>> can be used for web page counters,
> I'd be *very* suprised if that indeed worked. Web page counters  
> usually
> store their value somewhere external to PHP, e.g. in a file or in a
> database record.

You have my apologies.  The specific example I saw where it was used  
as a "page counter" is in the PHP Pocket Reference by O'Reilly (p24  
in my copy, but it's not the latest).

However on the PHP.net page, a user comments:

"My first not is probably intuitive to most, but I didn't notice it  
mentioned explicitly, so I'll mention it: a static variable does not  
retain it's value after the script's execution. Don't count on it  
being available from one page request to the next; you'll have to use  
a database for that."

Which implies that you are correct.  I did say I'd never used it, but  
I had made note that using a static variable for a page counter would  
be interesting (cf the O'Reilly blunder), and remembered the  
reference to Static properly, even if the reference text I got my  
information from was incorrect.

Sorry, again.


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