Generate Constructor, Getters and Setters
By Petr on Jul 21, 2008
This morning I have committed a feature, which offers generating of constructor, getters and setters in a PHP class. To invoke the functionality, the caret position has to be inside a PHP class and you have to press shortcut ALT+Insert (CTLRL+I on Mac). After invoking the shortcut, all possible generators are offered.
Let's explain on a simple example. I have very simple PHP class, where I have only two properties - $name and $age. At first I want to add constructor. After pressing ALT+Insert (CTLRL+I on Mac), the constructor generator is offered - Constructor... item in the Generate menu. After invoking this item, the Generate Constructor dialog is displayed. There I can choose parameters of the constructor. It is possible to chose any property, then the constructor is generated without any parameter and empty. If I check / uncheck the User class, then all properties are selected / unselected. For my demonstration I have chose $name property. After pressing OK button, the constructor with one parameter is generated.
Now I want to generate getter for the $name. After invoking Generate menu, you can notice that the Constructor... item is not offer anymore, because the class already has a constructor. I choose Getter... item and Generate Getters dialog is displayed. In the dialog you can choose, for which properties you want to generate getters. Again you can check / uncheck the class node, which selects / unselects all properties.
As the next step I want to generate getter and setter for $age property. After choosing Getter and Setter... item in Generate menu, the dialog offers only $age property, because only this property has neither getter nor setter.
When I invoke Generate menu after creating getter and setter for $age property, only setter generator is offered, because there is not defined only setter for $name property.
The generate functionality is designed that you can work just with the keyboard and you don't have to use mouse.