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Operators in PHP

Operators in PHP, and any other programming language for are to perform tasks on variables and values such as assign, multiply, add, subtract and concatenate them. Operators take the form of symbols (such as + and -) and combinations of symbols (such as ++ and +=).

PHP divides the operators in the following groups:

  • Arithmetic Operators
  • Comparison Operators
  • Logical (or Relational) Operators
  • Assignment Operators
  • Conditional (or ternary) Operators
    Lets discuss all operators one by one.

Arithmetic Operators

Below arithmetic operators supported by PHP language :

Suppose variable A holds 10 and variable B holds 20 then 

Operator Description Example
+ Adds two operands A + B will give 30
Subtracts second operand from the first A – B will give -10
* Multiply both operands A * B will give 200
/ Divide numerator by de-numerator B / A will give 2
% Modulus Operator and remainder of after an integer division B % A will give 0
++ Increment operator, increases integer value by one A++ will give 11
Decrement operator, decreases integer value by one A– will give 9

Comparison Operators

Below comparison operators supported by PHP language

Suppose variable A holds 10 and variable B holds 20 then −

Operator Description Example
== Checks if the value of two operands are equal or not, if
yes then condition becomes true.
(A == B) is not true.
!= Checks if the value of two operands are equal or not, if
values are not equal then condition becomes true.
(A != B) is true.
> Checks if the value of left operand is greater than the
value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true.
(A > B) is not true.
< Checks if the value of left operand is less than the value
of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true.
(A < B) is true.
>= Checks if the value of left operand is greater than or
equal to the value of right operand, if yes then condition
becomes true.
(A >= B) is not true.
<= Checks if the value of left operand is less than or equal
to the value of right operand, if yes then condition
becomes true.
(A <= B) is true.

Logical Operators

Below logical operators supported by PHP language :

Suppose variable A holds 10 and variable B holds 20 then

Operator Description Example
and Called Logical AND operator. If both the operands are true
then condition becomes true.
(A and B) is true.
or Called Logical OR Operator. If any of the two operands are
non zero then condition becomes true.
(A or B) is true.
&& Called Logical AND operator. If both the operands are non
zero then condition becomes true.
(A && B) is true.
|| Called Logical OR Operator. If any of the two operands are
non zero then condition becomes true.
(A || B) is true.
! Called Logical NOT Operator. Use to reverses the logical
state of its operand. If a condition is true then Logical
NOT operator will make false.
!(A && B) is false.

Assignment Operators

Below assignment operators supported by PHP language :

Operator Description Example
= Simple assignment operator, Assigns values from right side
operands to left side operand
C = A + B will assign value of A + B into C
+= Add AND assignment operator, It adds right operand to the
left operand and assign the result to left operand
C += A is equivalent to C = C + A
-= Subtract AND assignment operator, It subtracts right
operand from the left operand and assign the result to left
operand
C -= A is equivalent to C = C – A
*= Multiply AND assignment operator, It multiplies right
operand with the left operand and assign the result to left
operand
C *= A is equivalent to C = C * A
/= Divide AND assignment operator, It divides left operand
with the right operand and assign the result to left
operand
C /= A is equivalent to C = C / A
%= Modulus AND assignment operator, It takes modulus using two
operands and assign the result to left operand
C %= A is equivalent to C = C % A

Conditional Operator

There is one more operator called conditional operator. This first evaluates an expression for a true or false value and then execute one of the two given statements depending upon the result of the evaluation. The
conditional operator has this syntax :

Operator Description Example
? : Conditional Expression If Condition is true ? Then value X : Otherwise value Y

Operators Categories

  1. All the operators we have discussed above can be categorized into following categories :
    Unary prefix operators, which precede a single operand.
  2. Binary operators, which take two operands and perform a variety of arithmetic and logical operations.
  3. The conditional operator (a ternary operator), which takes three operands and evaluates either the second or third expression, depending on the evaluation of the first expression.
    Assignment operators, which assign a value to a variable.

Precedence of PHP Operators

Operator precedence determines the grouping of terms in an expression. This affects how an expression is evaluated. Certain operators have higher precedence than others

For example, the multiplication operator has higher precedence than the addition operator :

For Example x = 7 + 3 * 2; Here x is assigned 13, not 20 because operator * has higher precedence than + so it first get multiplied with 3*2 and then adds into 7.

Here operators with the highest precedence appear at the top of the table, those with the lowest appear at the bottom. Within an expression, higher precedence operators will be evaluated first.

Category Operator Associativity
Unary ! ++ — Right to left
Multiplicative * / % Left to right
Additive + – Left to right
Relational < <= > >= Left to right
Equality == != Left to right
Logical AND && Left to right
Logical OR || Left to right
Conditional ?: Right to left
Assignment = += -= *= /= %= Right to left
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Learn Operators In Php was last modified: April 4th, 2017 by Vikas Kardam

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