I have written a function that returns data on success and false on failure.

I was wondering if this is considered a proper way of evaluating the return value in php.

function data(){
    return $data
    return false;

$data = data(); //basically either a long series of strings or arrays

if(!$data){  //<-- this is the line I'm concerned about, is it safe to assume this?
   echo 'oh no, bad stuff happened';

Thank you so much!

Accepted Answer

What you have there is fine, although alternatively, you could use if($data === false) {. This ensures that $data is actually false, considering 0 and NULL are also seen as false.

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