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Map-Filter Combination in PHP

Following on from my discussion on Mapping, Filtering and Reducing in PHP, over the past couple of months I have been using a little trick I would like to discuss. Although a map-filter combination can be achieved in a single reduce, reading the PHP documentation I found out that array_filter supplied without a predicate function will remove all false values from the collection. This means that you can simply map over a collection and return false if the desired predicate does not match - leaving the filter to do the clean-up.

function array_map_filter($fn, ...$arr)
    return array_filter(array_map($fn, ...$arr));
$users = [
    [ 'id' => 1, 'name' => 'Joe' ],
    [ 'id' => 2, 'name' => 'Bob' ],
    [ 'id' => 3, 'name' => 'Sally' ],

array_map_filter(function ($user) {
    return $user['id'] == 2 ? false : $user['name'];
}, $users); // [ 'Joe', 'Sally' ]