All of us -- no matter how careful we are when programming -- make errors and confuse the PHP interpreter. But when a developer can't even decipher what the interpreter is reporting to him or her, it becomes useless, and often frustrating.
PHP does its best to report the first problem it encounters when interpreting your PHP script. The only problem with this is that it won't recognize your mistake until something unexpected happens (more on this later in the article). Because of this, the interpreter reports mistakes on lines that have seemingly perfect syntax, or lines that may not even exist!
Learning more about what errors mean and imply can save you hours trying to figure out what your mistake is, and in this article I will attempt to shed some light on several different types of PHP errors and how to make sense of them during your development time.
In this article I will assume that you're using any version of PHP, as the errors described in this article are not specific to any particular version. I will also assume that you are a beginning/intermediate programmer, having programmed for anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.