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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

next --  Advance the internal array pointer of an array


mixed next ( array &array )

Returns the array value in the next place that's pointed to by the internal array pointer, or FALSE if there are no more elements.

next() behaves like current(), with one difference. It advances the internal array pointer one place forward before returning the element value. That means it returns the next array value and advances the internal array pointer by one. If advancing the internal array pointer results in going beyond the end of the element list, next() returns FALSE.


This function may return Boolean FALSE, but may also return a non-Boolean value which evaluates to FALSE, such as 0 or "". Please read the section on Booleans for more information. Use the === operator for testing the return value of this function.

Note: You won't be able to distinguish the end of an array from a boolean FALSE element. To properly traverse an array which may contain FALSE elements, see the each() function.

Example 1. Example use of next() and friends

$transport = array('foot', 'bike', 'car', 'plane');
$mode = current($transport); // $mode = 'foot';
$mode = next($transport);    // $mode = 'bike';
$mode = next($transport);    // $mode = 'car';
$mode = prev($transport);    // $mode = 'bike';
$mode = end($transport);     // $mode = 'plane';

See also current(), end(), prev(), reset(), and each().

Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006