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create_function() is deprecated in php 7.2 #2335

Shelob9 opened this issue Mar 1, 2018 · 4 comments


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commented Mar 1, 2018

We use this for calculation fields because we can't use closures and support PHP 5.2.

I am not maintaining backwards compat with PHP 5.2 at the expense of users on PHP 7.2. You've had a decade to update, I'm sorry. Caldera Forms 1.7.0 -- IE the next major release after the one we're working on now will require PHP 5.3 or later. PHP7 for 2.0 is obviously going to be the case.


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commented Dec 16, 2018

If you need to upgrade more than one create_function to anonymous function (official recommended upgrade), you can use a CLI tool for that.

It's tested on 30 various (and really weird :)) cases.

-$callback = create_function('$a', 'return "<cas:proxy>$a</cas:proxy>";');    
+$callback = function ($a) {
+    return "<cas:proxy>{$a}</cas:proxy>";

Includes concat (.), string quotes and inclined function calls:

-$func = create_function('$atts, $content = null','return "<div class=\"' . $class_list . '\">" . do_shortcode($content) . "</div>";' );
+$func = function ($atts, $content = null) use ($class_list) {
+    return "<div class=\"{$class_list}\">" . do_shortcode($content) . "</div>";

Do you want to automate the hard work?

1. Instal Rector

composer require rector/rector --dev

2. Create config

# rector.yml
    Rector\Php\Rector\FuncCall\CreateFunctionToAnonymousFunctionRector: ~

3. Upgrade your Code

vendor/bin/rector process src --config rector.yml --dry-run
vendor/bin/rector process src --config rector.yml



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commented Jan 18, 2019

PR #2902 should resolve this.

@Shelob9 Shelob9 modified the milestones: 1.8.1, 1.8.2, 1.9.0 Feb 27, 2019


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commented Apr 24, 2019

1)Unit tests for Caldera_Forms::run_calculation() with manual and non-manual formulas. We can provide data by presetting it in global $processed_data; - or something like this:

$fieldOneValue = 3;
		$fieldTwoValue = 4;
		$fieldThreeValue = 5;
		Caldera_Forms::set_field_data('fld1', $fieldOneValue,$form );
		Caldera_Forms::set_field_data('fld2', $fieldOneValue,$form );
		Caldera_Forms::set_field_data('fld3', $fieldOneValue,$form );
		$this->assertSame( $fieldOneValue + $fieldTwoValue / $fieldThreeValue, Caldera_Forms::run_calculation( null, $field, $form );)
  1. Replace create_function() with a math parser.

Ideally this:

$total_function = create_function(null, 'return ' . $formula . ';');
		$total = $total_function();


                 $parser = new FormulaParser($formula);
		$result = $parser->getResult(); // [0 => 'done', 1 => 3.0001]
		$total = $result[1];

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commented May 3, 2019

@New0 With tests we have now, good start, but not covering all of the functions you can use in manual formulas.

Basic Math functions


  • 1 with some of these to prove those are predictable.
  • Probably do the math for expected result with a calculator and hard-code value.
    • 'cos','sin','tan'


  • 1 test with some of these functions in forumula
    • 'acos', 'asin','atan','atan2',
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