[wp-hackers] Plugin API: Unique ID explanation

Jordi Canals jordi at jcanals.net
Sat Aug 8 00:57:58 UTC 2009

PHP5 has less of this problem, because objects are passed by reference by

That's not exact. in PHP 5 objects are not passed by reference by default.
It copies the object accessors from original variable to a new one, so both
variables access the same object.

And normally, in PHP 5 it is recommended not to pass objects by reference.
As call-time pass-by-reference is deprecated.

Jordi Canals

> Jacob Santos
> [1] This is obviously a lie.
> [2] http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/10487
> [3] The overall design flaw wasn't that the same object being referenced
> could no longer be referenced in the future because it would inevitably
> change, it was that the same object was being used in the first place. The
> fact that static methods and functions don't have this problem needs to be
> researched further.
> [4] Well, it appears that the only reason it worked, was that the algorithm
> was flawed in such a way that it did was it was intended, but not correctly
> in such a way that it just hid the bug in a really clever way.
> [5] Programmers have different levels of competence in different areas of
> programming. Some people can create solutions like you've never seen, but
> just really can't do shit about OOP (OOP isn't about putting functions
> wrapped in a container with global variables with different levels of
> visibility, well it is, but it is more than that and I hate arguing about
> that).
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