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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(no version information, might be only in CVS)

SimpleXMLElement->children() --  Finds children of given node


class SimpleXMLElement {

SimpleXMLElement children ( [string ns [, bool is_prefix]] )


This method finds the children of the element of which it is a member. The result follows normal iteration rules.

Note: SimpleXML has made a rule of adding iterative properties to most methods. They cannot be viewed using var_dump() or anything else which can examine objects.

Example 1. Traversing a children() pseudo-array

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement(
 <child role="son">
  <child role="daughter"/>
 <child role="daughter">
  <child role="son">
   <child role="son"/>

foreach ($xml->children() as $second_gen) {
    echo ' The person begot a ' . $second_gen['role'];

    foreach ($second_gen->children() as $third_gen) {
        echo ' who begot a ' . $third_gen['role'] . ';';
        foreach ($third_gen->children() as $fourth_gen) {
            echo ' and that ' . $third_gen['role'] .
                ' begot a ' . $fourth_gen['role'];

This script will output:

The person begot a son who begot a daughter; The person
begot a daughter who begot a son; and that son begot a son

Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006