Re: [PHP-DEV] Proposal for a RFC

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May 6, 2019 14:45 ben@benramsey.com (Ben Ramsey)
> On May 6, 2019, at 09:37, Steven Wade <stevenwadejr@gmail.com> wrote: > > That being said, adding an interface like `ArraySerializable` might be nice too. I'm seeing technical arguments against adding magic casts, but (just spit-balling here), what if a class implemented a new `ArraySerializable` interace with whatever method it demands, and if that is attempted to be cast to an array either manually by calling "(array) $foo" or PHP attempting to, then the array serialize method is called. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
That’s how I would prefer to see it work. BTW, I’m not suggesting `ArraySerializable` as the name. I used that to make a connection to `JsonSerializable`, which I think did a good job of using an interface for this kind of thing (even though it’s not quite the same because there’s no cast for a JSON type). In some of my open source projects, I’ve had to add `__toString()` to the interfaces to ensure that implementers implement it. It would be nice for my interfaces to instead extend an internal interface like `Stringable`. -Ben