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Extract Constant

The Extract Constant refactoring makes your source code easier to read and maintain. It also helps you avoid using hard coded constants without any explanations about their values or purpose.

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Extracting a class constant

When a constant is extracted within a class definition, the new constant is defined through the const keyword and referenced through the self keyword.

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Extracting a constant outside a class

When a constant is extracted outside a class definition, you can choose whether it will be defined through the const keyword or through the define() function.

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To extract a constant

  1. In the editor, position the cursor inside the expression to be replaced with a constant.
  2. Choose Refactor | Extract Constant on the main menu or on the context menu of the selection. Alternatively press Ctrl+Alt+C.
  3. If a constant can be extracted from several expressions in the current context, PhpStorm shows all the relevant expressions in a pop-up list. Select the expression to apply the refactoring to.
  4. In the ExtractConstant dialog box, type the name of the new constant in the Name text box.
  5. Specify the scope to apply refactoring in:
    • To have only the selected expression replaced, clear the Replace all occurrences check box.
    • To have PhpStorm replace the selected expression wherever it is used, select the Replace all occurrences check box.
  6. If the refactoring is invoked outside a PHP class definition, choose the method to define the PHP constant in the Constant syntax area.
    • To have PhpStorm define the constant through the define() function, choose define.
    • To have PhpStorm define the constant through the const keyword outside a class definition, choose const.

      This method preserves the approach accepted in PHP version 5.3.0. Note that such constants are defined during compilation therefore they should be declared at the top-level scope but not inside functions, loops or if statements.

  7. Click OK to start the refactoring.

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Last modified: 29 January 2015