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PHP Build a Basic PHP Website (2018) Listing and Sorting Inventory Items Sorting Array Items

Robert Engelbert
Robert Engelbert
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keep getting an error

I keep getting an error that says Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ';' in /home/treehouse/workspace/inc/functions.php on line 16

<?php
function get_item_html($id,$item) {
     $output = "<li><a href='#'><img src='"
             . $item["img"] . "' alt='"
             . $item["title"] . "'/>"
             . "<p>View Detials</p>"
             . "</a></li>";
      return $output;
}

function array_category($catalog,$category) {
    $output = array();

  foreach ($catalog as $id => $item) {
  if ($category == null OR (strtolower($category) == strtolower($item["category"])){
     $sort = $item["title"];
     $sort = ltrim($sort,"The ");
     $sort = ltrim($sort,"A ");
     $sort = ltrim($sort,"An ");
     $output[$id] = $sort;
     }
  }
   asort($output);
    return array_keys($output);
}

here's line 16

$sort = $item["title"];

I've went over and over this and I can't find anything wrong, any help would be appreciated.

1 Answer

Jennifer Nordell
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Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hey there! You're doing great! Would it be encouraging to know that it's just a runaway parenthesis? :smiley: It's a good idea when looking at an error to also look at the lines above it. Often that's what is causing the problem. In this case, it's the line immediately above.

It should look like this:

if ($category == null OR strtolower($category) == strtolower($item["category"]))  /* note the removal of the open parenthesis between the OR and the strtolower */

Happy coding! :sparkles: