How To Dismantle An Atomic HTTP Query .. String.

Following up on yesterday’s gripe about PHPs (old and now useless) automagic translation of dots in GET and POST parameters to underscores, today’s edition manipulates the query string in place instead of returning it as an array.

This is useful if you have a query string you want to pass on to another service, and for some reason the default behaviour in PHP will barf barf and barf. That might happen because of the dot translation issue or that some services (such as Solr) rely on a parameter name being repeatable (in PHP the second parameter value will overwrite the first).

function http_dismantle_query($queryString, $remove)
{
    $removeKeys = array();

    if (is_array($remove))
    {
        foreach($remove as $removeKey)
        {
            $removeKeys[$removeKey] = true;
        }
    }
    else
    {
        $removeKeys[$remove] = true;
    }

    $resultEntries = array();
    $segments = explode("&", $queryString);

    foreach($segments as $segment)
    {
        $parts = explode('=', $segment);

        $key = urldecode(array_shift($parts));

        if (!isset($removeKeys[$key]))
        {
            $resultEntries[] = $segment;
        }
    }

    return join('&', $resultEntries);
}

I’m not really sure what I’ll call the next function in this series, but there sure are loads of candidates out there.

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