The purpose of this extension is to allow overloading of object
property access and method calls. Only one function is defined
in this extension, overload() which
takes the name of the class that should have this functionality
enabled. The class named has to define appropriate methods if
it wants to have this functionality: __get(),
__set() and __call()
respectively for getting/setting a property, or calling a method.
This way overloading can be selective. Inside these handler
functions the overloading is disabled so you can access object
This extension is
EXPERIMENTAL. The behaviour of this extension --
including the names of its functions and anything else documented
about this extension -- may change without notice in a future release of PHP.
Use this extension at your own risk.
This extension is not a part of PHP 5. PHP 5 supports __get(), __set() and
__call() natively. See the Overloading in PHP 5 page
for more information.
In order to use these functions, you must compile
PHP with the --enable-overload option.
Starting with PHP 4.3.0 this extension is enabled by default. You can
disable overload support with
The windows version of PHP has built in
support for this extension. You do not need to load any additional
extension in order to use these functions.
Builtin support for overload is available with PHP 4.3.0.