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webmaster at cafe-clope dot net
13 years ago
A comprehensive concatenation function, that works with array and strings

<?php
function str_cat() {
 
$args = func_get_args() ;
   
 
// Asserts that every array given as argument is $dim-size.
  // Keys in arrays are stripped off.
  // If no array is found, $dim stays unset.
 
foreach($args as $key => $arg) {
    if(
is_array($arg)) {
      if(!isset(
$dim))
       
$dim = count($arg) ;
      elseif(
$dim != count($arg))
        return
FALSE ;
     
$args[$key] = array_values($arg) ;
    }
  }
       
 
// Concatenation
 
if(isset($dim)) {
   
$result = array() ;
    for(
$i=0;$i<$dim;$i++) {
     
$result[$i] = '' ;
      foreach(
$args as $arg)
       
$result[$i] .= ( is_array($arg) ? $arg[$i] : $arg ) ;
    }
    return
$result ;
  } else {
    return
implode($args) ;
  }
}
?>

A simple example :

<?php
str_cat
(array(1,2,3), '-', array('foo' => 'foo', 'bar' => 'bar', 'noop' => 'noop')) ;
?>

will return :
Array (
  [0] => 1-foo
  [1] => 2-bar
  [2] => 3-noop
)

More usefull :

<?php
$myget
= $_GET ; // retrieving previous $_GET values
$myget['foo'] = 'b a r' ; // changing one value
$myget = str_cat(array_keys($myget), '=', array_map('rawurlencode', array_values($myget))) ;
$querystring = implode(ini_get('arg_separator.output'), $myget)) ;
?>

will return a valid querystring with some values changed.

Note that <?php str_cat('foo', '&', 'bar') ; ?> will return 'foo&bar', while <?php str_cat(array('foo'), '&', 'bar') ; ?> will return array(0 => foo&bar)

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