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An Analogue Of ColdFusion's CFPARAM Tag In PHP.

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 * Checks if $var is already defined and if not, sets it to
 * $default.
 * @param  $var         Variable to check.
 * @param  $default     Value to give the checked variable if
 *                      found to be null; "" by default.
 * @param  $catchNulls  TRUE: treat empty strings as null; FALSE
 *                      by default.
 * @note   It's a lot like ColdFusion's <CFPARAM> tag.
function set_default(&$var, $default="", $catchNulls=FALSE) {
    if (!isset($var) || ($catchNulls && $var == "")) {
        $var = $default;
This appears to have stopped working as of PHP 5.