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in_arrayvsarray_search

Difference between in_array() and array_search() in PHP

  • PHP

in_array

Syntax : in_array(mixed $needle, array $haystack, bool $strict = false): bool

The in_array() function searches an array for a specific value. If the search parameter is a string and the type parameter is set to TRUE, the search is case-sensitive.

Example

<?php
$diary = array("D", "e", "v", "l", "o", "p", "e", "r");
if (in_array("v", $diary))
  {
  echo "Match found";
  }
else
  {
  echo "Match not found";
  }
?>

array_search

Syntax :  array_search($value, $array, strict_parameter)

The array_search() function searches an array for a given value and returns the key. The function returns the key for val if it is found in the array. It returns FALSE if it is not found. If val is found in the array arr more than once, then the first matching key is returned.

Example

<?php
   $marks = array("maths"=>60,"english"=>70,"biology"=>60,"hindi"=>65);
   echo array_search(70,$marks,true);
?>

Output

english

Conclusion

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