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get_class

(PHP 4 )

get_class -- Returns the name of the class of an object

Description

string get_class ( object obj)

This function returns the name of the class of which the object obj is an instance. Returns FALSE if obj is not an object.

Note: get_class() returns a user defined class name in lowercase. A class defined in a PHP extension is returned in its original notation.

Example 1. Using get_class()

<?php

class foo {
    function foo() {
    // implements some logic
    }

    function name() {
        echo "My name is " , get_class($this) , "\n";
    }
}

// create an object
$bar = new foo();

// external call
echo "Its name is " , get_class($bar) , "\n";

// internal call
$bar->name();

 ?>

The output is:

Its name is foo
 My name is foo

See also get_parent_class(), gettype(), and is_subclass_of().

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