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Regarding Underscores

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 20 October 2010.
Planet PHP
Today, PHPDeveloper.org referred to a post by Leszek Stachowski about underscore prefixes on non-public class elements. The question which comes instantly to my mind is: why? Is there any reason why this convention should be kept when PHP object oriented programming has gone a long way since PHP 4 (when there was no access modifiers and [...]