PHP 8.1: using the first-class callable syntax to create a callback

Published on 2022-10-02 • Modified on 2022-10-02

This snippet shows how to use the new first-class callable syntax introduced in PHP 8.1. Creating a callback has never been the most straightforward thing in PHP. This new feature tries to address this. Instead of using arrays and strings, we can now use functions and calls as we would typically do in the current context where the callback is required. The different thing is the usage of the ... spread operator instead of potential arguments. It also allows static analysis to work with it. And obviously, in the following code, if the function you try to call doesn't exist, your IDE will immediately raise an error, even before the static analysis.
Haha, this is a funny note in the official documentation: The ... is part of the syntax and not an omission. 😁



namespace App\Controller\Snippet;

 * I am using a PHP trait to isolate each snippet in a file.
 * This code should be called from a Symfony controller extending AbstractController (as of Symfony 4.2)
 * or Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\Controller\Controller (Symfony <= 4.1).
 * Services are injected in the main controller constructor.
trait Snippet221Trait
    public function snippet221(): void
        $array = [

        $array = array_map($this->callbackForSnippet221(...), $array);

        // before il was array_map('strlen',
        $array = array_map(strlen(...), $array);

        // That's it! 😁

    public function callbackForSnippet221(string $element): string
        return $element.' ('.\strlen($element).')';

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