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PHP PHP Basics (Retired) PHP Data & Structure PHP Variables

Not sure why im getting this error ...syntax error, unexpected '$name' (T_VARIABLE) in index.php on line 2

Not sure what Im doing wrong here.

index.php
<? php 
  $name = "Mike";
?>

2 Answers

Dylan Anderton
Dylan Anderton
8,163 Points

As Jacob said above, make sure there is never space between your opening or closing PHP tags. Also, this applies to a lot of coding, spaces and unwanted characters can make all of you're code malfunction.

Correct

<?php
  $name = "Mike";
?>

Not Correct

<? php
  $ name = "Mike";
?>

You have a space in your opening PHP tag.

Correct:

<?php
  $name = "Mike";
?>