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is_scalar — Tests whether a value is a scalar.


bool is_scalar(value);
mixed value: Value or variable to test


TRUE if the value is a scalar; FALSE otherwise


is_scalar() tests whether a value is a scalar value. Values of types boolean, double, integer, or string are considered to be scalar values.

If the value is a scalar, the function returns TRUE. If not, FALSE is returned.


PHP Version: 4.0.5+

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Example 1399. Test whether a value is a scalar

$value = array (1);

if (is_scalar ($value))
    print "Value \$value is a scalar value.";
    print "Value \$value is not a scalar value.";

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