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Cases where php's short tags should be avoided

When designing my email layout files I like to break them down into parts and include them together as needed using includes. I've stumbled across a display issue when using a short tag include:

<?=include('Layouts/Header.php');?> 

This caused a 1 to be displayed where the file is being included. Which when you think about it kind of makes sense since short tags are meant for simple variable output and not a chunk of HTML. So when run they are essentially booleans (true) to avoid this I stopped using short hand:

<?php include('Layouts/Header.php');?>

 

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.