How to handle array_shift() on Null?

Please take a look at this code:

$end = isset($newvar) ? array($newvar) : null;
while($ends = array_shift($end)){

It was working well when I was using PHP 7.2, but after upgrading to 8.1, it throws:

PHP Fatal error: Uncaught TypeError: array_shift(): Argument #1 ($array) must be of type array, null given in /path/to/qanda.php:469

Any idea how can I fix it?

>Solution :

Just use an empty array instead:

$end = isset($newvar) ? array($newvar) : [];

array_shift will return null on the first call with an empty array as input, so the loop will not execute.

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