Posted By: Anonymous
I have an array:
array( 4 => 'apple', 7 => 'orange', 13 => 'plum' )
I would like to get the first element of this array. Expected result: string
One requirement: it cannot be done with passing by reference, so
array_shift is not a good solution.
How can I do this?
Original answer, but costly (O(n)):
Other use cases, etc…
If modifying (in the sense of resetting array pointers) of
$array is not a problem, you might use:
This should be theoretically more efficient, if a array “copy” is needed:
array_shift(array_slice($array, 0, 1));
With PHP 5.4+ (but might cause an index error if empty):