In my previous article on PHP arrays I suggested a number of things that are tables and therefore can also be expressed as arrays. In this article I’ll use a pack of playing cards to explore some of the built-in array functions most often needed by PHP programmers. To highlight some of the array-handling functions PHP offers, I’ll be using some components of Buraco – a game very popular in my part of the world and quite similar to Rummy. Real-world Buraco is played with two decks (104 cards) plus two Joker cards
PHPMaster: Array Handling Functions
Armando Jeronymo has a B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering from Rio de
Janeiro's Ursuline University and a US Associate degree in Risk
Management. He started coding in a TI-59 calculator in the early 80's.
He then learned and forgot Sinclair Basic, Fortran, Algol and MS
Basic. For ten years he did not write code but worked with insurance
and reinsurance in his native Brazil and London. Then he went back to
programming to find out everything was different. He began by getting
to know HTML to create some material on aviation instruction. He then
learned Delphi's Pascal in order to create some financial
He began experimenting with server-side languages about the turn of
the Century, first with ASP but soon moving to PHP. He wrote his first
MySQL web application in about 2004. He switched to Linux in 2005
(Ubuntu 5.10 to be more exact) and has been developing LAMP systems
He is a Private Pilot and, whenever possible, a FlightGear flyer. He
loves classical music and jazz (including Bossa Nova) and old movies.
Besides computing he is professionally interested in business
management and a follower of Peter Drucker's teaching. Married and
father of a girl he is also an active member of his Rotary Club.