What is function overloading and overriding in php?

Overloading occurs when two or more methods in one class have the same method name but different parameters.

Overriding means having two methods with the same method name and parameters (i.e.,method signature). One of the methods is in the parent class and the other is in the child class.

OR, we can say

Overloading is defining functions that have similar signatures, yet have different parameters.

Overriding is only pertinent to derived classes, where the parent class has defined a method and the derived class wishes to override that method.

In PHP, you can only overload methods using the magic method __call.

An example of overriding:


class Foo {
   function myFoo() {
      return "Foo";

class Bar extends Foo {
   function myFoo() {
      return "Bar";

$foo = new Foo;
$bar = new Bar;
echo($foo->myFoo()); //"Foo"
echo($bar->myFoo()); //"Bar"
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