I have completed most of PSET7, but I have hit a snag on the creation of my portfolio display. In my portfolio.php template, I have been attempting to use the following code snippet to loop through portfolio holdings of a particular user (per the spec), but I keep receiving an "unexpected end of file in ...portfolio.php on line 37" error whenever the page loads. I know know this error this usually means a missing [;, ), ?>, }, ]] and the interpreter is stuck waiting for the conclusion of some syntax... but I can't seem to figure out where.

Code snippet #1 (not working, "unexpected end of file" error):

<?php foreach ($shares as $share): ?>

            <td><?= $share["symbol"] ?></td>
            <td><?= $share["name"] ?></td>
            <td><?= $share["shares"] ?></td>
            <td><?= number_format($share["price_cur"], 2) ?></td>

<? endforeach ?>

I have spent a lot of time checking and re-checking my code for errors, but can't seem to nail down the issue. I eventually got the bellow code snippet to work while trying different implementations (options for different PHP / HTML syntax in the spec), but I have no idea why I get the "unexpected end of file" error using the first code snippet and NOT when using the second code snippet.

  • I am using the same variables in each snippet, so I believe I have ruled out some type of variable implementation error.
  • I have also looked at several examples online, and from what I can tell my PHP syntax is correct (even tried a few PHP code validator sites).
  • I have exchanged the code snippets with eachother exactly as displayed here (leaving the rest of the code--not included here--the same). Code Snippet #1: "Unexpected end of file" error. Code Snippet #2: portfolio.php works as intented, no errors.

2nd snippet, working code:

      foreach ($shares as $share)
              echo("<td>" . $share["symbol"] . "</td>");
              echo("<td>" . $share["name"] . "</td>");
              echo("<td>" . $share["shares"] . "</td>");
              echo("<td>$" . number_format($share["price_cur"], 2) . "</td>");

Maybe I have been looking at this too hard, but I am stumped. Can anyone explain to me why snippet #2 works, but snippet #1 doesn't? According to the problem spec, and much Googling, both syntax styles 'should' work just fine? (right?). What am I missing?

Since snippet #2 'works' as intended (per spec) I am well on my way to wrapping up PSET7, but not knowing what was is wrong with snippet #1 is really bothering me!

Thanks in advance for the help!

3 Answers 3


You would have figured this out eventually, but you have forgotten the php in <?php at the endforeach statement.


Thanks @Bonga. Yes, that was it... been kicking myself for overlooking that for HOURS.


PHP doesn't need the line in code 1, it sounds like you've spent too much time coding vba, where it is in fact used.

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