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Content Assist for self variables not working [message #1712031] Tue, 20 October 2015 23:26 Go to next message
Steve Fatula is currently offline Steve FatulaFriend
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Registered: July 2015
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So, I prefer to use self::$variable instead of $this->variable. $this-> does show potential names via content assist. However, self:: only shows function calls, not class variables. If you enter the $ as in self::$, no names show up. I can manually type the names of course, and, then it will show the phpdoc for the name. But, kind of defeats the purpose of course having to remember or scroll and copy and paste names.

Is there a way to enable it, or, is that just a limitation of current Content Assist feature? Seems like a bug to me.
Re: Content Assist for self variables not working [message #1712033 is a reply to message #1712031] Wed, 21 October 2015 00:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mark Dexter is currently offline Mark DexterFriend
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Hi. self and this are not interchangeable. "self" is for static class fields and functions, "this" is for non-static members. Content assist works fine for me with self -- it shows all static members but not the non-static (normal or automatic?) members. Hope that helps. Mark
Re: Content Assist for self variables not working [message #1712061 is a reply to message #1712031] Wed, 21 October 2015 07:24 Go to previous message
Dawid Pakula is currently offline Dawid PakulaFriend
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In general self:: should be used to access static members only.

Using it to call non-static methods will throw out E_STRICT.
Using it to access non-static variables, will throw out fatal error on php 5.6

If you thing that after self:: we should show non-static variables open a bug on PDT Bugzilla:

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