This might not even warrant posting here, but I"m enjoying it and thought I would share.

//For Testing
function write_to_file($message){
        $handle = fopen("/path/to/logs/a_log_file.php", "a+");
        if (is_array($message)):
            fwrite($handle, "\nMessage is array.\t ");
            file_put_contents('/path/to/logs/a_log_file.php', print_r($message, true),
                              FILE_APPEND | LOCK_EX);
            fwrite($handle, "\nMessage:\t " . $message);


Haven't actually tested with multidimensional array yet and might be a good opportunity for some recursion.

Comments, suggestions and criticism are of course welcome.


Mixing fwrite and file_put_contents usage is a little strange, as they are functions which overlap in functionality. file_put_contents in fact is just a wrapper to call fopen, fwrite and fclose - expanding that call to it's component parts would therefore make what the code is doing more obviously repetitive.

So, the first goal I would suggest is to avoid repeatedly opening the file to append text to it; the goal of the function is simply to append bytes to a file - so make the function do that, in one write call. An example of what I mean is:

function write_to_file($message)
    $header = "\nMessage:\t ";

    if (is_array($message)) {
        $header = "\nMessage is array.\n";
        $message = print_r($message, true);

        $header . $message, 
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  • \$\begingroup\$ very nice, and insightful as far as file_put_contents. \$\endgroup\$ – MikeiLL Nov 6 '15 at 0:07

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