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PHP5 Tutorial – Magic Methods – __call() method

November 3rd, 2007

This tutorial will teach you how and when to use the magic method __call().

The magic method __call() is to undeclared methods what __get() and __set() are to undeclared data member.

These methods are automatically called internally when the program tires to execute a method that has not been defined within the class at the time of development.

The magic method __call() takes two arguments. The first argument is the name of the undeclared method invoked by the program and the second is an array that contains a list of parameters passed to the undeclared array.

Look at the example below:

class Customer {
	public function __call($name, $args) {
		echo "\n";
		echo "\n";
$c = new Customer();

string(7) “setName”

array(2) {
string(5) “Sunil”
string(6) “Bhatia”

In the example above, an object of the Customer class is created and an undeclared method viz. $c->setName is called. The magic method __call() is internally executed which accepts two parameters. The first parameter ‘$name’ contains the name of the method i.e. ’setName’ and the second parameter ‘$args’ contains the arguments passed to the ’setName’ method i.e ‘Sunil’ & ‘Bhatia’.

Using this method, you can provide code to handle calls to undeclared method. To disallow programs to call an undeclared method, you should raise an exception from within __call() magic method.

Look at the example below:

class Customer {
	public function __call($name, $args) {
		throw new Exception("Undeclared method execution not allowed",10);
$c = new Customer();

Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘Exception’ with message ‘Undeclared method execution not allowed’ in D:sunilbwebsiteprogsmagic_call.php:6
Stack trace:
#0 [internal function]: Customer->__call(’setName’, Array)
#1 D:sunilbwebsiteprogsmagic_call.php(11): Customer->setName(’Sunil’, ‘Bhatia’)
#2 {main}
thrown in D:sunilbwebsiteprogsmagic_call.php on line 6

In the above program, when the script calls an undeclared variable $c->setName(), the magic method __call() is executed. On executing the magic method __call(), an exception is raised and the execution of the program stops there (unless we use the try..catch statements)

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  1. kirubakar
    December 4th, 2008 at 12:07 | #1

    I think this will not used at many places, bcos i wanna process arguments in different for different function, at that time it wont good, is it true?

  2. November 20th, 2009 at 06:25 | #2

    @Kirubakar -> This method is fantastic and while you will want to write your own methods this takes care of all your getters/setters

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