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Can't get empty $ GET



11:54 pm on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm having trouble getting some code to work properly. Here's an example of my code:

$a = $_GET['a'];
$b = $_GET['b'];
$c = $_GET['c'];
$d = $_GET['d'];
$e = $_GET['e'];

if (empty ($e) { echo "e is empty"; }

If I type in example.com/file.php?a=1&b=2&c=3&d=4&e= the echo is executed. I've tried doing this on different variations (empty, !empty, isset, !isset, etc) and cannot manage to get the echo to not execute. I did a vars dump and for the last variable, it said something like string(0) ""

Ideally, I'd like to test to see if each variable is empty, but I figured that'd be easy once I figure out how to get one of them to work....

Can someone please let me know what I am doing wrong and if there is a better way to do it? Even if there is a better way, I would like to know what am I missing when trying to do it this way.... Thanks for the help!


12:53 am on Aug 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

Reading the empty function info on php.net it seems empty is true if the variable doesn't exist or the value of the variable = false. Your var dump indicates the variable e exists (it is a string with no date in it) so it is set (isset won't work).

How about use this?

if ($e == '') { echo 'e is blank'; }


1:52 am on Aug 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Do I need a double quote on that?


4:16 am on Aug 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

You didn't properly close your if statement befor you started the code block.
if (empty ($e) {

Should be
if (empty ($e)) {

I use a little different approach.

Try this.
if(isset($_GET['e']) and $_GET['e'] != '')
{ $e = $_GET['e']; }
{ $e = 'e is empty'; }
echo $e;

Here you are checking that the e var is set and that it doesn't equal nothing.

Hope this helps. There are a lot of different ways to do what you're wanting. This is just one easy way.

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