I am having a custom module for magento 2.4.2 but with php 7.4 I am having this issue:

Notice: Trying to access array offset on value of type null in /public_html/app/code/mymodule/Helper/Data.php on line 242

when trying to save a product in my admin.

My code in this line is:

if (!is_array($section['fields'])) continue;

And the whole //check is:

$sectionOrder = -1;
            foreach($sections as $key => $section) {
                if (!is_array($section['fields'])) continue;
                if (isset($section['template_id']) && !in_array((int) $section['template_id'], $templateIds)) {
                $sections[$key]['order'] = $sectionOrder;
                foreach($section['fields'] as $key2 => $_field) {
                    if (!is_array($_field)) continue;
                    $sections[$key]['fields'][$key2]['section_order'] = $sectionOrder;

With php 7.3 it works but with 7.4 I have problem.

Any help please how I can write this? Thanks in advance!

1 Answer 1


It looks like the source of the error comes from $section not being an array sometimes, but it wouldn't hurt to also account for array keys on $section not being set when it is an array.

PHP's Null Coalescing Operator is useful here for accounting for the non-existing array key.

Example of changed line:

This covers the case when fields is not set or null. The ?? operator will return the left operand if it is set and is not null, otherwise it will return the right operand of false which is definitely not an array:

if (!is_array($section['fields'] ?? false)) continue;

This will cover the case where $section itself is null and not an array:

if (!is_array($section) || !is_array($section['fields'] ?? false)) continue;

Example Use of Null Coalescing Operator


$foo = [
    'bar' => 'Some Value'

// The key 'baz' does not exist
$baz = $foo['baz'] ?? 'nothing';

// The array offset error will be prevented.
// Output will be: 'nothing'
echo $baz;    

Example Directly From php.net

Referenced from: PHP 7.0 new features

// Fetches the value of $_GET['user'] and returns 'nobody'
// if it does not exist.
$username = $_GET['user'] ?? 'nobody';
// This is equivalent to:
$username = isset($_GET['user']) ? $_GET['user'] : 'nobody';

// Coalescing can be chained: this will return the first
// defined value out of $_GET['user'], $_POST['user'], and
// 'nobody'.
$username = $_GET['user'] ?? $_POST['user'] ?? 'nobody';
  • Could you give a example?
    – G. G.
    Apr 1, 2021 at 11:10
  • Updated answer to point out the line of code that should change. Or do you want to see examples of using the null coalescing operator?
    – sdaugherty
    Apr 1, 2021 at 16:59
  • Your answer worked just fine!! Thank you!
    – G. G.
    Apr 1, 2021 at 17:12
  • It's still valuable knowing about the Null Coalescing Operator, but after looking at your error again, I wonder if it's actually $section that is sometimes null. It wouldn't hurt to check that as well as it may be the original source of the error.
    – sdaugherty
    Apr 1, 2021 at 17:15
  • 1
    Yes. Now it is working again! All good
    – G. G.
    Apr 1, 2021 at 17:27

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