Use IntelliJ IDEA as an IDE for Joomla! development.
Before you start
Download and install Joomla!.
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 IDE settings Ctrl+Alt+S as described in Manage plugins.
Joomla! support includes:
Ability to create a new project.
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, $extension_name);
select.optionleads to navigation to the
optionmethod of the class
When all the other constructs are used, IntelliJ IDEA navigates with Ctrl+Click on the first argument to the corresponding property in the .ini file. For example, in the code$msg = JText::sprintf('COM_INSTALLER_INSTALL_ERROR', JText::_('COM_INSTALLER_TYPE_TYPE_' . strtoupper($package['type'])));
'COM_INSTALLER_INSTALL_ERROR'leads to navigation to the property
'COM_INSTALLER_INSTALL_ERROR'in the file en-GB.com_installer.ini.
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, and so on. When Joomla! support is recognized, IntelliJ IDEA suggests installing DocBlocks:
IntelliJ IDEA suggests importing the Joomla! code style. See section Configure Joomla! support
IntelliJ IDEA detects databases in projects. Click 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
$dbprefixfield in the configuration.php file.
It is worth noting that a database dialect should be selected on the SQL Dialects page of the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S. Note also that the type of the selected dialect should match your database type.