How to fix “unexpected T_FUNCTION” error in PHP

I tested one of my plugins yesterday and was shocked to see a nasty error message:

php-anonymous-function

What was going on? I could have sworn this worked fine last time I tried! Then I remembered that I changed my PHP Version in MAMP, from 5.5.3 back to 5.2.17. And exactly therein lies the problem, because the code that was amiss was something like this:

This is what’s known as an anonymous function in JavaScript, and it didn’t exist in PHP until Version 5.3.

If we wanted to be backward compatible, we can fix this by writing a function, then adding its output to the variable. It’s the same thing really, just a bit more code:

Here’s a thread with an other example:

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