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This feature is supported in the Ultimate edition only.

The following is only valid when PHP Plugin is installed and enabled!

Use IntelliJ IDEA as an IDE for Joomla! development.

In this part:

Before you start

  1. Download and install Joomla!.
  2. Before you start working with Joomla!, make sure that the Joomla! Integration plugin is enabled. The plugin is bundled with IntelliJ IDEA and is activated by default. If the plugin is not activated, enable it on the Plugins page of the Settings / Preferences Dialog as described in Enabling and Disabling Plugins.

Joomla! support

Joomla! support includes:

  • Ability to create a new project.
  • JHTML::_($argument), JText::_($argument), JText::script(), JText::sprintf(); support.

    When JHTML::_($argument) is used, IntelliJ IDEA navigates with Ctrl+Click on the first argument to the corresponding class or method.

    For example, consider the following code:

    <?php $options[] = JHtml::_('select.option', $eid, $extension_name);

    Ctrl+Click on select.option leads to navigation to the option method of the class select.

    When all the other constructs are used, IntelliJ IDEA navigates with Ctrl+Click on the first argument to the corresponding property in the *.ini file. For example, in the code

    <?php msg = JText::sprintf('COM_INSTALLER_INSTALL_ERROR', JText::_('COM_INSTALLER_TYPE_TYPE_' . strtoupper($package['type'])));

    Ctrl+Click on 'COM_INSTALLER_INSTALL_ERROR' leads to navigation to the property 'COM_INSTALLER_INSTALL_ERROR' in the file en-GB.com_installer.ini.

  • Joomla! code style can be selected for the code in the PHP page of the Editor settings, when clicking the link Set from.
  • IntelliJ IDEA detects Joomla when opening a Joomla! module/plugin/extension or a Joomla! root folder, and suggests enabling Joomla! support, and adjusting namespaces.
  • DocBlocks standards for PHP files, classes, class properties, etc. When Joomla! support is recognized, IntelliJ IDEA suggests installing DocBlocks:
  • IntelliJ IDEA suggests importing the Joomla! code style. See section Configuring Joomla! Support
  • IntelliJ IDEA detects databases in projects. Just click new in the Database tool window tool window and choose Import from sources....
    The settings specified in the file configuration.php are detected and used for the new data source connection.
  • IntelliJ IDEA provides database prefixes support and changes #__ to the prefix that is defined in the $dbprefix field in the configuration.php file.

    It is worth noting that a database dialect should be selected in the SQL Dialects page of the Settings/Preferences dialog. Note also that the type of the selected dialect should be equal to your database type.

Last modified: 29 November 2017

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