PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: (array) vs. array w/is_array

Does the (array) cast work better than the array() construct if you might already have an array?

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Historical Results

Based on (1) saved test runs, The test labeled "(array)" was (on average) the faster by 0.0146 seconds, (1.475% faster)

(array) 100%
is_array() ? x : array(x) 98.525%

The (array) test took 0.9751 seconds.
The is_array() ? x : array(x) test took 0.9897 seconds.

Nitty-Gritty

Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 265,546 loops for a total of 5,310,920 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000003) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 265,546 loops.
  • Total difference 14.59 milliseconds for 5,310,920 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (0.0000) milliseconds and Code 2 was (0.0000) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.

Code

The first test, "(array)", was:

for ($j = 0; $j < 1000; $j++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = (array) $j;

The second test, "is_array() ? x : array(x)", was:

for ($j = 0; $j < 1000; $j++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = is_array($j) ? $j : array($j);

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (7.2.15-1+ubuntu16.04.1+deb.sury.org+1)