How to use a string path to set nested array data

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I have an unusual use-case I'm trying to code for. The goal is this: I want the customer to be able to provide a string, such as:

"cars.honda.civic = On"

Using this string, my code will set a value as follows:

$data['cars']['honda']['civic'] = 'On';

It's easy enough to tokenize the customer input as such:

$token = explode("=",$input);
$value = trim($token[1]);
$path = trim($token[0]);
$exploded_path = explode(".",$path);

But now, how do I use $exploded path to set the array without doing something nasty like an eval?

Nov 23, 2020 in PHP by kartik
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Hello @kartik,

Use the reference operator to get the successive existing arrays:

$temp = &$data;
foreach($exploded as $key) {
    $temp = &$temp[$key];
}
$temp = $value;
unset($temp);
answered Nov 23, 2020 by Niroj
• 82,820 points

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