Why is my ternary expression not working?

Question!

I am trying to set a flag to show or hide a page element, but it always displays even when the expression is false.

$canMerge = ($condition1 && $condition2) ? 'true' : 'false';
...
<?php if ($canMerge) { ?>Stuff<?php } ?>

What's up?

By : Polsonby


Answers
$canMerge = ($condition1 && $condition2);

then

if ($canMerge){
    echo "Stuff";
}
By : AnowarCst


Seems to me a reasonable question especially because of the discrepancy in the way PHP works.

For instance, the following code will output 'its false'

$a = '0';

if($a)
{
    echo 'its true';
}
else
{
    echo 'its false';
}
By : depz123


This is broken because 'false' as a string will evaluate to true as a boolean.

However, this is an unneeded ternary expression, because the resulting values are simple true and false. This would be equivalent:

$canMerge = ($condition1 && $condition2);


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By: admin