Automatic class loading

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Moodle 2.6

Class naming

All class names must start with Frankenstyle prefix such as mod_forum_:

Class file location


Example of autoloadated class in forum module:

// file mod/forum/classes/some_class.php
class mod_forum_some_class {
// file mod/forum/lib.php
$instance = new mod_forum_some_class();


Performance and developer mode

Class autoloading improves performance and reduces memory footprint.

Location of all classes is automatically stored in class map cache, the cache is updated automatically before upgrade or installation, during cache reset and in developer mode.

There is only one inconvenience - if you add new class or remove it you need to do one of the following:

  • visit yourserver/admin/index/
  • purge cache
  • or add
    $CFG->debug = (E_ALL | E_STRICT);
    to your config.php

See also