If I understand it correctly, $this->name is the value of the name property of the object $this, and the variable $new_name. So information is flowing from left to right, or from the object to the new variable. I think I'm getting it. Thank you for the reply. I've started your tutorial and find it very helpful.
New to PHP and very new to OOP, and feel the need to ask a basic question. What exactly is going on in the following statement: $this->name = $new_name; I know what the right side of the equation is, but not the left side. Why can't we simply use the variable (or property) $new_name? Like I said, I'm new to PHP and very new to OOP. Thanks in advance to anyone with the patience to answer what is likely a ridiculously simply question.