php7 <=> spaceship operator

Spaceship operator(<=>) also know as Combined Comparison Operator. Basically this operator will offer combined comparison means, it will do greater-than, less-than and equal comparisons between two operands.Below are the return values based on the result.

1. Return 0 if operands on both side are equal.
2. Return 1 if operand on the left is greater.
3. Return -1 if the operand on the right is greater.

It can be used on any two operands like strings,integers,objects, float, Array..etc.

Here are some examples:

// Integers
echo 1 <=> 1; // 0
echo 1 <=> 2; // -1
echo 2 <=> 1; // 1
 
// Floats
echo 1.5 <=> 1.5; // 0
echo 1.5 <=> 2.5; // -1
echo 2.5 <=> 1.5; // 1
 
// Strings
echo "a" <=> "a"; // 0
echo "a" <=> "b"; // -1
echo "b" <=> "a"; // 1
 
echo "a" <=> "aa"; // -1
echo "zz" <=> "aa"; // 1
 
// Arrays
echo [] <=> []; // 0
echo [1, 2, 3] <=> [1, 2, 3]; // 0
echo [1, 2, 3] <=> []; // 1
echo [1, 2, 3] <=> [1, 2, 1]; // 1
echo [1, 2, 3] <=> [1, 2, 4]; // -1
 
// Objects
$a = (object) ["a" => "b"]; 
$b = (object) ["a" => "b"]; 
echo $a <=> $b; // 0
 
$a = (object) ["a" => "b"]; 
$b = (object) ["a" => "c"]; 
echo $a <=> $b; // -1
 
$a = (object) ["a" => "c"]; 
$b = (object) ["a" => "b"]; 
echo $a <=> $b; // 1
 
// only values are compared
$a = (object) ["a" => "b"]; 
$b = (object) ["b" => "b"]; 
echo $a <=> $b; // 0

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