[development] when we run out of characters

Jeremy Epstein jazepstein at gmail.com
Wed May 17 02:39:09 UTC 2006

Let's just turn every module into a static class, and change the whole
hook system to call namespace-contained methods rather than plain

* ducks for cover...
Take it easy, people - that was a JOKE!


On 5/17/06, Karoly Negyesi <karoly at negyesi.net> wrote:
> Hi!
> We have a namespace problem. As PHP identifiers can have only letters,
> numbers and underscores we are using underscores for the hook identifier,
> ie. we have a hook_menu etc.
> On the other hand, when a module is best described with more than one
> word, the words are separated by underscores. This can lead to clashes,
> like foo.module defines a function called foo_bar_that and when
> foo_bar.module would like to implement the newly introduced hook_that....
> then we have a problem. This already means that if you have a foo.module
> then you are better not using any function that's called foo_X_hookname.
> We discussed several solutions on IRC.
> One of them is using double underscores somewhere. But where? If you use
> them as hook identifiers you have 35K LoC in core to look through (and
> change a significant percentage). It will be fun, fun, fun! It's visually
> very confusing to rename taxonomy_menu to taxonomy__menu because then the
> hook_menu will look like taxonomy__menu_menu and the two menus look as if
> they belong together.
> So, that won't work.
> Another solution is to use zero underscores somewhere. But where? Again,
> changing core is not a good option, and I won't like hookmenu instead of
> hook_menu.
> So, with perfect logic we arrived to a very ugly point: we shall rename
> axonomy_menu to taxonomyMenu . Do I like this? _No_! But...
> Regards
> NK

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