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I'm trying to get my head around a fairly simple concept in PHP but I'm pretty green.

I have a function..

function pa_insertPage($atts, $content = null) {
    // Default output if no pageid given
    $output = NULL;
    // extract atts and assign to array
    extract(shortcode_atts(array("page" => '2404' // Value for Course Descriptions page
    ), $atts));
    // if a page id is specified, then run query
    if (!empty($page)) {
        $pageContent = new WP_query();
        $pageContent->query(array('page_id' => $page));
        while ($pageContent->have_posts()) : $pageContent->the_post();
            // assign the content to $output
            $output = apply_filters( 'the_content', get_the_content() );
    return $output;

And I'd like to use the returned $output from this function in another function called naada_assess()

In my naada_assess function I've called $recClasses = pa_insertPage($output); but that doesn't seem to do the trick.

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This isn't really a WordPress question... that said

$recClasses = pa_insertPage($output);

is incorrect. here you should be passing to insertPage whatever the arguments are. Then insertPage will return $output, making $recClasses the same value as $output.

    $recClasses = pa_insertPage('your attributes');
// $recClasses now equals $output;
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Might be a WordPress question... looks like a shortcode callback to me. – s_ha_dum Mar 28 '13 at 20:53
Thanks Vancoder! Yes I understood it to be a PHP question, but I haven't yet found a good PHP help forum. Do you know of any? Your response took care of my issue easily and highlighted my poor ability to see and understand the problem. – Andrew-ThinkUp Mar 29 '13 at 15:42
@s_ha_dum Yes it is a WP shortcode, but I decided not to use it as such, but have it's output be placed into another function. – Andrew-ThinkUp Mar 29 '13 at 15:44

If you have defined a shortcode like this:


then you could try this inside your naada_assess() function:

$recClasses = do_shortcode('[myshortcode page="123"]');

as a way to retrieve the $output.

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thanks! This looks to easily accomplish the same thing. Everytime I struggle and ask for help, I see that there isn't only 1 way to solve the problem. – Andrew-ThinkUp Mar 29 '13 at 15:45

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