Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   31 times

I have an PHP array that looks something like this:

Index              Key     Value
[0]                1       Awaiting for Confirmation
[1]                2       Assigned
[2]                3       In Progress
[3]                4       Completed
[4]                5       Mark As Spam

When I var_dump the array values i get this:

array(5) { [0]=> array(2) { ["key"]=> string(1) "1" ["value"]=> string(25) "Awaiting for Confirmation" } [1]=> array(2) { ["key"]=> string(1) "2" ["value"]=> string(9) "Assigned" } [2]=> array(2) { ["key"]=> string(1) "3" ["value"]=> string(11) "In Progress" } [3]=> array(2) { ["key"]=> string(1) "4" ["value"]=> string(9) "Completed" } [4]=> array(2) { ["key"]=> string(1) "5" ["value"]=> string(12) "Mark As Spam" } }

I wanted to remove Completed and Mark As Spam. I know I can unset[$array[3],$array[4]), but the problem is that sometimes the index number can be different.

Is there a way to remove them by matching the value name instead of the key value?



Your array is quite strange : why not just use the key as index, and the value as... the value ?

Wouldn't it be a lot easier if your array was declared like this :

$array = array(
    1 => 'Awaiting for Confirmation', 
    2 => 'Asssigned', 
    3 => 'In Progress', 
    4 => 'Completed', 
    5 => 'Mark As Spam', 

That would allow you to use your values of key as indexes to access the array...

And you'd be able to use functions to search on the values, such as array_search() :

$indexCompleted = array_search('Completed', $array);

$indexSpam = array_search('Mark As Spam', $array);


Easier than with your array, no ?

Instead, with your array that looks like this :

$array = array(
    array('key' => 1, 'value' => 'Awaiting for Confirmation'), 
    array('key' => 2, 'value' => 'Asssigned'), 
    array('key' => 3, 'value' => 'In Progress'), 
    array('key' => 4, 'value' => 'Completed'), 
    array('key' => 5, 'value' => 'Mark As Spam'), 

You'll have to loop over all items, to analyse the value, and unset the right items :

foreach ($array as $index => $data) {
    if ($data['value'] == 'Completed' || $data['value'] == 'Mark As Spam') {

Even if do-able, it's not that simple... and I insist : can you not change the format of your array, to work with a simpler key/value system ?

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

When you set cell values individually, you have the option of setting the datatype explicitly, but when you use the fromArray() method, you don't have this option.

However, by default, PHP uses a default value binder to identify datatypes from the values passed, and set the cell datatype accordingly. This default behaviour is defined in a class /PHPExcel/Cell/DefaultValueBinder.php.

So you can create your own value binder, as described in the PHPExcel Documentation, that would set every value as a string datatype.

Something like:

class PHPExcel_Cell_MyColumnValueBinder extends PHPExcel_Cell_DefaultValueBinder implements PHPExcel_Cell_IValueBinder
    protected $stringColumns = [];

    public function __construct(array $stringColumnList = []) {
        // Accept a list of columns that will always be set as strings
        $this->stringColumns = $stringColumnList;

    public function bindValue(PHPExcel_Cell $cell, $value = null)
        // If the cell is one of our columns to set as a string...
        if (in_array($cell->getColumn(), $this->stringColumns)) {
            // ... then we cast it to a string and explicitly set it as a string
            $cell->setValueExplicit((string) $value, PHPExcel_Cell_DataType::TYPE_STRING);
            return true;
        // Otherwise, use the default behaviour
        return parent::bindValue($cell, $value);

// Instantiate our custom binder, with a list of columns, and tell PHPExcel to use it
PHPExcel_Cell::setValueBinder(new PHPExcel_Cell_MyColumnValueBinder(['A', 'B', 'C', 'E', 'F']));

$objPHPExcel = new PHPExcel();
Friday, May 28, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

Extract to an array and index by contact_email. Since there cannot be duplicate indexes you'll get the last occurrence:

$array = array_column($array, null, 'contact_email');

If you want to re-index that back to integers:

$array = array_values(array_column($array, null, 'contact_email'));
Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

You can visit leaves only with RecursiveIteratorIterator and RecursiveIteratorIterator::LEAVES_ONLY mode and then reverse the resulting array:

$iterator = new RecursiveIteratorIterator(
    new RecursiveArrayIterator($ids),

$ids = [];

foreach ($iterator as $id) {
    // You can put elements directly in the beggining of an array
    // or reverse array later.
    // array_unshift($ids, $id);
    $ids[] = $id;

$ids = array_reverse($ids);

Here is working demo.

Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

There's a lot been written about PHPExcel and memory use, and I'm not going to repeat it all here.

Try reading some of the threads on the PHPExcel discussion board discussing the issue, such as this one; or previous answers here on SO such as this one or this one

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
answered 4 Months ago
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