Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   31 times

I would like to print an array to a file.

I would like the file to look exactly similar like how a code like this looks.

print_r ($abc); assuming $abc is an array.

Is there any one lines solution for this rather than regular for each look.

P.S - I currently use serialize but i want to make the files readable as readability is quite hard with serialized arrays.



Either var_export or set print_r to return the output instead of printing it.

Example from PHP manual

$b = array (
    'm' => 'monkey', 
    'foo' => 'bar', 
    'x' => array ('x', 'y', 'z'));

$results = print_r($b, true); // $results now contains output from print_r

You can then save $results with file_put_contents. Or return it directly when writing to file:

file_put_contents('filename.txt', print_r($b, true));
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

A number like 6.2 can't be represented exactly using floating-point math in computers as there is no finite base-2 representation of it. What you are seeing when echo-ing the number is something intended for human reading, and thus the value will be rounded to what floats can provide in accuracy (about 6 decimal places for 32-bit and 17 for 64-bit FP values).

When serializing those values, however, you really want the exact value (i. e. all bits that are in there) and not just the nearest "nice" value. There could be more than one float/double representation which evaluates to approximately 6.2 and when serializing you usually really want to store he exact values to the last bit you are having in order to restore them correctly. That's why you're getting ridiculous "accuracy" in values there. It's all just to preserve the exact bit representation of what you started with.

But why exactly do you want to control the serialized output that tightly? I mean, it's just there so you can round-trip your data structure and read it back in later. You certainly don't want to use that serialized representation somewhere in output for humans or so. So if it's just about "nice-looking" values, you shouldn't use serialize which has an entirely different purpose.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

After some debugging I found the solution myself.

The problem is, when User Entity was implementing the UserInterface, the user provider(actually the Doctrine, behind the scene) tried to Serializing the User object to store it in the session but because of the file that I assigned it to this class, it fails it's career!

To solve the problem, first I tried to fetch separate User object from database but unfortunately Doctrine gave me the exact reference of the User object again.(That's not a bug. Thanks to Doctrine. It's too smart to query as less as possible).

Second, I clone the User object myself in the controller before sending it to the UserType form, and then everything went well.

But that is not the best practice because you may have some other problems with registration, profile update or other scenarios that you may have with User class.

In my application, I added another entity called Media and it stores the files with the file system and each entity like User which need some media (Like user avatar here), just have a ManyToOne relationship with this entity. In this case you can just save the name file as string in avatar field in User class.

You may have some other designs in your application but as I experienced, Do not assign a File field directly to the User entity which is implementing UserInterface!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

As an exercise, I would suggest doing the following:

public void save(String fileName) throws FileNotFoundException {
    PrintWriter pw = new PrintWriter(new FileOutputStream(fileName));
    for (Club club : clubs)

This will write the name of each club on a new line in your file.


I'll leave the loading to you. Hint: You wrote one line at a time, you can then read one line at a time.

Every class in Java extends the Object class. As such you can override its methods. In this case, you should be interested by the toString() method. In your Club class, you can override it to print some message about the class in any format you'd like.

public String toString() {
    return "Club:" + name;

You could then change the above code to:

public void save(String fileName) throws FileNotFoundException {
    PrintWriter pw = new PrintWriter(new FileOutputStream(fileName));
    for (Club club : clubs)
         pw.println(club); // call toString() on club, like club.toString()
Thursday, June 3, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

Question 2: How can we generalize this algorithm to multidimensional arrays?

If you have an array arr[dim_1][dim_2]...[dim_n], you have the equation

k = i_1*(dim_2*...*dim_n) + i_2*(dim_3*...*dim_n) + ... + i_{n-1}*dim_n + i_n
  = i_1*(dim_2*...*dim_n) + r_2

so i_1 = k / (dim_2*..*dim_n) and r_2 = k % (dim_2*...*dim_n), then

i_2 = r_2 / (dim_3*...*dim_n) and r_3 = r_2 % (dim_3*...*dim_n)


i_j = r_j / (dim_{j+1}*...*dim_n) and r_{j+1} = r_j % (dim_{j+1}*...*dim_n)

until i_n = r_n is found.

Question 3: Is it the fastest way to do it?

If the dimensions are known at compile time, the divisions can be replaced by multiplications, shifts and additions/subtractions. On many architectures, that is faster than a division instruction. On others, not.

But it's only worthwhile thinking about if you're doing a lot of indexing in that array and not much else.

Question 4: related question would be what is the latency for modular division, integer division, adding integers and multiplying integers? If these numbers depend on the architecture, please, also let me know.

These numbers depend on the architecture and processor.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
answered 4 Days ago
Only authorized users can answer the question. Please sign in first, or register a free account.
Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged :