Luhn algorithm for validating credit cards

The Luhn algorithm also known as the “modulus 10” or “mod 10” algorithm, is a checksum formula which can be used to validate credit card numbers. Developed in the 1950’s by IBM scientist Hans Peter Luhn and described in U.S. Patent 2,950,048. A PHP implementation is shown below.

 
function LuhnCheck($strDigits)
{
    $sum = 0;
    $alt = false;
    for($i = strlen($strDigits) - 1; $i >= 0; $i--) 
    {
        if($alt)
        {
           $temp = $strDigits[$i];
           $temp *= 2;
           $strDigits[$i] = ($temp > 9) ? $temp = $temp - 9 : $temp;
        }
        $sum += $strDigits[$i];
        $alt = !$alt;
    }
    return $sum % 10 == 0;
}

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Linked List implementation in PHP

Data structures are one of the core elements of computer science and they are also fun to program. But being a web developer the opportunity for implementing them in any application is quite rare. But then I thought, What the heck! I can just code for the joy of it, and it will also help me brush up on my DS skills. So here it is, a single linked list implementation in PHP for whoever may care. I will be posting other data structure and algorithm implementations here, so keeping watching. The code is given below.
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