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Loosely typed

PHP is loosely typed, meaning that it will implicitly change the type of a variable as needed, depending on the operation being performed on its value. This contrasts with strongly typed languages, like C and Java, where variables can only contain one type of data throughout their existence.


Variables must be named using only letters, numbers and underscore. Must start with a letter or an underscore.

$name = 'valid'; // Valid name
$_name = 'valid'; // Valid name
$1name = 'invalid'; // Invalid name, starts with a number


Are one of only two identifier types in PHP that are case-sensitive (the other is constants)


$Name = "John";
echo $name; // Notice: Undefined variable: name