'Frankenstyle' refers to the naming convention that is used to uniquely identify a Moodle plugin based on the type of plugin and its name.
Martin Dougiamas is credited with inventing the word 'frankenstyle'. (It is a great word!)
Frankenstyle names have a prefix and then a name, separated by an underscore.
- The prefix is determined by the type of plugin. For example, the prefix for a module is mod.
- The name is the name of the plugin. (Plugin names are always made of lower-case letters.)
So the frankenstyle name for the quiz module is mod_quiz.
- Activity modules: [mod] => /mod
- Authentication plugins: [auth] => /auth
- Enrolment plugins: [enrol] => /enrol
- Messaging consumers: [message] => /message/output
- Blocks: [block] => /blocks
- Filters: [filter] => /filter
- Editors: [editor] => /lib/editor
- Course formats: [format] => /course/format
- User profile fields: [profilefield] => /user/profile/field
- Admin reports: [report] => /admin/report
- Course reports: [coursereport] => /course/report
- Grade export plugins: [gradeexport] => /grade/export
- Grade import plugins: [gradeimport] => /grade/import
- Grade reports: [gradereport] => /grade/report
- Mnet services: [mnetservice] => /mnet/service
- Webservice protocols: [webservice] => /webservice
- Repository plugins: [repository] => /repository
- Portfolio plugins: [portfolio] => /portfolio
- Question behaviours: [qbehaviour] => /question/behaviour
- Question formats: [qformat] => /question/format
- Question types: [qtype] => /question/type
- Plagiarism plugins: [plagiarism] => /plagiarism
- Themes: [theme] => /theme
- Assignments: [assignment] => /mod/assignment/type
- Database field types: [datafield] => /mod/data/field
- Database presets: [datapreset] => /mod/data/preset
- Quiz reports: [quiz] => /mod/quiz/report
- SCORM reports: [scormreport] => /mod/scorm/report
- Workshop grading forms: [workshopform] => /mod/workshop/form
- Workshop allocation strategies: [workshopallocation] => /mod/workshop/allocation
- Workshop evaluation plugins: [workshopeval] => /mod/workshop/eval
- Local plugins: [local] => /local
To get a definitive list, do print_object(get_plugin_types()); in a Moodle 2.x install.
Frankenstyle is used in:
All table names for a plugin must begin with its frankenstyle name (after the standard Moodle table prefix).
Examples: mdl_mod_quiz, mdl_mod_quiz_attempts
All capabilities for a plugin use the frankenstyle name, except with a / instead of a _.
Other places (TODO)
Please add more as they come up.