[Phpmyadmin-devel] coding standards for phpmyadmin

Dieter Adriaenssens dieter.adriaenssens at gmail.com
Sun Sep 1 14:52:27 CEST 2013

2013/9/1 Mohamed Ashraf <mohamed.ashraf.213 at gmail.com>:
> On Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM, Dieter Adriaenssens
> <dieter.adriaenssens at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2013/8/31 Mohamed Ashraf <mohamed.ashraf.213 at gmail.com>:
>> > I was looking but didnt find the phpma coding standard for things like
>> > docs,
>> > function names and conventions.
>> >
>> > The question I was looking for was the function name convention for
>> > library
>> > function since I saw two standards being followed in the codebase and I
>> > am
>> > not sure which is correct.
>> If I'm not mistaken, PHP library methods should have this form
>> (following the PEAR standard) :
>> PMA_someFunction()
>> - PMA prefix
>> - camelCasing
>> What other kind of standard did you find?
> PMA_generate_common_hidden_inputs
> I did not know if we are using underscores or camel casing. I looked at the
> pear standard and found out about the rest of the conventions for code. but
> not the documentation convention.

Yes, camelCase. But phpMyAdmin has a history of 15 years and
refactoring is still ongoing, so you might find some other styles as

> for example if a function returns two things how is that represented in the
> documentation.

I don't understand what you mean? A function can have only one return value.
Do you mean that a function returns an array? Or an object? Or has a
'byReference' parameter? Or sets a global variable?

Kind regards,

Dieter Adriaenssens

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