Recursive Functions are functions that auto-call themself. Generally, a recursive function returns a value that are passed as argument, so the value is passed from an auto-call to the other, until it is returned.
Recursive functions are very useful in equations with factorial numbers and some operatios with multi-dimensional array.
Factorials are written like 6! and this means: 6 * 5 * 4 * 3 * 2 * 1. So 6! is 4320 and 4! is 24.
In the fallowing example we have a recursive function that finds the factorial of a number "$nr" (here 8).

// this function auto-calls itself (decrementing $nr) until $nr is 0
function factorial($nr) {
 if($nr > 0) $re = $nr * factorial($nr-1);
 else if($nr == 0) $re = 1;

 return $re;

echo '8 factorial is: '. factorial(8); // 8 factorial is: 45360

- To see another example, visit this page: Get all the unique numbers from two-dimensional array.

Daily Test with Code Example

Which type of <input> creates a date input control, such as a pop-up calendar?
type="text" type="date" type="button"
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Which CSS property adds shadow effects to the text of an element?
font-style color text-shadow
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Click on the function that adds new elements to the end of an array.
pop() shift() push()
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Which function sorts an array by key, in ascending order, maintaining key to data correlations?
asort() ksort() sort()
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var_export($lang);     // array ("site"=>"", 10=>"PHP", 20=>"JavaScript")
Recursive Functions in PHP

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