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# Operators and var_dump General Questions

I don't understand why I'm getting a "float(7)" in return when I run the script "var_dump(\$a * \$b);" being \$a=5 and \$b=10, just like in the video

And also, why is that in the minute 03:28 of the video she gets a return of "int(6)" when runing the script "var_dump(\$a--);" isn't supposed to be "int(5)" because the "\$a--" substracts 1 from the last variable value (that was 6).

Hi Ilona,

The answer to your second question is because the decrementing operator \$a-- substracts 1 after displaying the results of the var_dump(\$a--) operation. The value of \$a is still 6 until the var_dump operation is complete. Once the operation is complete the value of \$a will then be 5. Trying running the var_dump operation repeatedly a few times.

With \$a having the value of 6 running the first time. var_dump(\$a--) will display 6 however when the operation is complete the value of \$a is 5. Now running it a second time with the value of \$a as 5 var_dump(\$a--) will display 5 however when the operation is complete the value of \$a will be 4. Now running it the third time with the value of \$a as 4 var_dump(\$a--) will display 4 however when the operation is complete the value of \$a will be 3.

In all the cases above we are displaying the value of \$a before the variable is actually decremented.

For your first question. I can review it tomorrow night if you would like to post the full code.

Hi Ilona,

the results are from all var_dumps from the beginning of the video...

so float(7) is var_dump of that \$distance_home + \$distance_work + \$num_three * 0.3 and it is every time showing, because the var_dump function was not removed, so it is showing the results every time the scripts runs...

Same for all other var_dumps, each line of result in console represents return of var_dump functions used in the code...

Hope this helps, if something, write a comment :)

So, what do I have to do in order for the script to run and return the int(50) that she got when she ran the script in the video. Also, still don't get why in the minute 03:28 of the video she gets a return of int(6) when runing the script var_dump(\$a--); insted of int(5), because the \$a-- substracts 1 from the last variable value (that was 6), than the return should've been int(5).