Creating and Editing Template Variables
After a template is expanded, its variables are presented in the editor as input fields. The values of these fields can be either filled in by the user or calculated by PhpStorm.
To have it done automatically, for each variable you need to specify the following:
- Expression to be calculated in association with the variable.
- Default value to be entered in the input field if the calculation fails.
The order in which PhpStorm will process input fields after the template expansion, is determined by the order of variables in the list.
Configuring variables used in a template
To configure variables used in a template
- In the Name text box, specify the variable name to be used in the template body.
- In the Expression drop-down list, specify the expression to be calculated by PhpStorm when the template is expanded. Do one of the following:
- Type a string constant in double quotes.
- Type a predefined function with possible arguments or select one from the drop-down list.
An argument of a function can be either a line constant or another predefined function. See the list of predefined functions below on this page.
- To enable PhpStorm to proceed with the next input field, if an input field associated with the current variable is already defined, select the Skip if defined checkbox.
- To arrange variables in the order you want PhpStorm to switch between associated input fields, use the Move Up and Move Down buttons.
Predefined functions to use in live template variables
|Converts a string into cameCase. For example, |
|Capitalizes all the letters of a CamelCase name passed as parameter, and inserts an underscore between the parts. For example, |
|Capitalizes the first letter of the parameter.|
|This expression substitutes for the class name completion at the variable position.|
|Returns the contents of the system clipboard.|
|Invokes code completion at the position of the variable.|
|Invokes smart type completion at the position of the variable.|
| Shows the current system in the specified format. |
By default, the current date is returned in the default system format. However, if you specify date format in double quotes, the date will be presented in this format:
|Replaces the first letter of a name parameter with the corresponding lowercase letter.|
|Shows a list of comma-separated strings suggested for completion at the template invocation.|
|Escapes a string.|
|Returns the expected type of the expression into which the current template expands. Makes sense if the template expands in the right part of an assignment, after |
|Returns the name of a file with its extension.|
|Returns the name of a file without its.|
|Returns the first word of a string.|
|Returns a suggested name for an index.|
|Returns the suggested name for a variable.|
|Returns the current line number.|
| Converts a capitalized camelCase string into lower case and inserts n-dashes as separators. For example, |
|Converts a string into snake_case, for example, |
| Converts a CamelCase string into lower case and inserts spaces as separators. For example, |
| Removes the extension after the specified delimiter and returns only the file name. This is helpful for test file names, for example, |
|Returns the current system time.|
|This function without parameters returns the current time in milliseconds from the 1st January 1970. Refer to the article Unix time.|
|Replaces underscores with CamelHump letters. For example, |
|Replaces underscores with spaces.|
|Returns the name of the current user.|