PHP: Explore the versatility of PHP's Match statement

Hello fellow developers! 👋 Let's dive into the world of PHP and take a look at the match statement. You might be familiar with the trusty old switch statement, but have you heard of the smart and efficient match statement?

Although both switch and match are used for similar purposes - evaluating a value against multiple possible conditions - the match statement brings with it some exciting improvements. PHP 8.0 introduced the ability to use pattern recognition using match.

Conciseness: With match, you can achieve the same results with cleaner and more concise code. Say goodbye to repetitive break statements!
Type Comparison: match performs strict type comparison by default. No more unexpected type conversions messing with your logic.
Return of Values: Unlike switches, match expressions can return values directly. This can lead to more elegant and readable code.
Faster Execution: match can provide better performance in some cases compared to the traditional switch statement.

Whether working on a new project or maintaining existing code, understanding when and how to utilise match can prove to be effective and maintainable. It's one of those PHP features I just can't live without anymore 😁

$color = 'blue';

$result = match ($color) {
    'red' => 'It\'s a red colour!
    'blue' => 'It\'s a blue colour!',
    'green' => 'It\'s a green colour!
    default => 'It\'s a different colour.

echo $result; // Output: It's a blue colour!

Remember minimum PHP 8.0 👻