PHPCompatibility Code



Replace all usages with this Compatibility_Php56::each() method:

final class Compatibility_Php56
    public static function each(array &$array)
        if (current($array) === false) {
            return false;
        $key = key($array);
        $value = current($array);
        return [
            1 => $value,
            'value' => $value,
            0 => $key,
            'key' => $key,


list($key, $value) = each($array);


list($key, $value) = Compatibility_Php56::each($array);


Compatibility_Php56::each() behaves like its deprecated counterpart, each(), which even preserves the ability to access the result's elements using both numeric and string keys (1, value, 0 and key).

The reason why we can't just use foreach is because that would not work in situations where we need to both get the values and advance the array's pointer in one expression. Example:

for ($i = 0; $i < $argLen; $i++) {
    if ($i + 1 < $argLen) {

    else if (list(, $optArg) = each($args)) {

    else {
        throw new Exception('');

In this situation, if we don't advance the pointer, we'd break the loop's logic. We can't advance the pointer inside the else if, because the pointer has to advance regardless of whether the expression evaluates to true. Replacing it with Compatibility_Php56::each($args) avoids lengthy case-by-case analysis and having to write unit tests for potentially untestable code.


Follow the guide PSR-0 Autoloading to load the Compatibility_Php56 into the legacy project.