Asked  8 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   32 times

How do I remove an element from an array when I know the elements name? for example:

I have an array:

$array = array('apple', 'orange', 'strawberry', 'blueberry', 'kiwi');

the user enters strawberry

strawberry is removed.

To fully explain:

I have a database that stores a list of items separated by a comma. The code pulls in the list based on a user choice where that choice is located. So, if they choose strawberry they code pulls in every entry were strawberry is located then converts that to an array using split(). I want to them remove the user chosen items, for this example strawberry, from the array.



Use array_search to get the key and remove it with unset if found:

if (($key = array_search('strawberry', $array)) !== false) {

array_search returns false (null until PHP 4.2.0) if no item has been found.

And if there can be multiple items with the same value, you can use array_keys to get the keys to all items:

foreach (array_keys($array, 'strawberry') as $key) {
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 8 Months ago

Personally, I would use array_keys, array_search, and array_splice. By retrieving a list of keys using array_keys, you get all of the keys as values in an array that starts with a key of 0. You then use array_search to find the key's key (if that makes any sense) which will become the position of the key in the original array. Finally array_splice is used to remove any of the array values that are after that position.


$categories = array(
    740073 => 'Leetee Cat 1',
    720102 => 'cat 1 subcat 1',
    730106 => 'subsubcat',
    740107 => 'and another',
    730109 => 'test cat'

// Find the position of the key you're looking for.
$position = array_search(720102, array_keys($categories));

// If a position is found, splice the array.
if ($position !== false) {
    array_splice($categories, ($position + 1));



array(2) {
  string(12) "Leetee Cat 1"
  string(14) "cat 1 subcat 1"
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 8 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

The let keyword is for declaring constants that can't be changed. If you want to modify a variable you should use var instead, e.g:

var animals = ["cats", "dogs", "chimps", "moose"]

animals.remove(at: 2)  //["cats", "dogs", "moose"]

A non-mutating alternative that will keep the original collection unchanged is to use filter to create a new collection without the elements you want removed, e.g:

let pets = animals.filter { $0 != "chimps" }
Friday, June 11, 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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