[development] passing data is free

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Tue Oct 9 02:33:41 UTC 2007

On Monday 08 October 2007, Sean Robertson wrote:
> > Why not? Passing data around is basically free. You are not copying
> > the data, you are creating a reference, deep copy only happens if you
> > modify the passed in argument (PHP5 only deep copies an object if you
> > instruct it with clone()). So do not hesitate to pass around as many
> > data as you want.
> How much difference is there in this between PHP4 and PHP5?

This much:

The change in the way objects are passed is the only BC break that is not 
trivial to handle if you take care to do so, and Drupal has taken very good 
care to do so.

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