[nycphp-talk] Accessing First Element of Array

Michael B Allen ioplex at
Sun Aug 26 21:04:48 EDT 2007

On 8/26/07, Ken Downs <ken at> wrote:
> look at "each", it is a (mostly deprecate) form of array iteration.  The
> sample code in the PHP manual will show exactly what you are looking for.

But again that modifies the array (it advances the cursor).

I guess I can write something myself:

function array_first($array) {
    foreach ($array as $element)
        return element;

> "Michael B Allen" <ioplex at> wrote:
>  > Hi,
>  >
>  > How do you access the first element of an array? I'm looking for
>  > something like array_shift but without modifying the array.
>  >

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