PHP 7: Immediately Invoked Function Expressions


PHP7 will continue to borrow some of the beloved JavaScript features and will support Immediately Invoked Function Expressions (IIFEs):


echo (function() {
    return 42;
Output for php7@20140901 - 20141101:

Since we can already return functions from inside other functions, Currying Partial Application is also possible in combination with the IIFE implementation:


$foo = (function() {
    return function($a) {
        return $a + 42;

echo $foo(10);
Output for php7@20140901 - 20141101:

Note that when accessing an outer variable from within a function, one – unlike in JavaScript which has closures – needs to use the use keyword to make that variable accessible:


$foo = (function($a) {
    return function($b) use ($a) {
        return $a + $b;
echo $foo(10);
Output for php7@20140901 - 20141101:

/me is excited!

PHP7 IIFE Demo →
PHP7 Currying Demo →
PHP7 Currying Redux Demo →

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  1. I was just trying to do this in PHP today and was a little sad finding out that you can’t. But I’m very glad to see these changes coming! (soon?)

      1. Bro good job. I can execute logical expression with your IIFE –

        $a = [‘no’,’no’, ‘yes’, ‘np’, 787];
        if (in_array(‘yes’, $a)) echo “hello”;


        in_array(‘yes’, $a) && call_user_func(function() {
        echo “hello”;

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