Generate PHP DocBlock annotations for DataObject and DataExtension databasefields and relation methods

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This module generates @property, @method and @mixin tags for DataObjects, PageControllers and (Data)Extensions, so ide's like PHPStorm recognize the database and relations that are set in the $db, $has_one, $has_many and $many_many arrays.

The docblocks can be generated/updated with each dev/build and with a DataObjectAnnotatorTask per module or classname.


SilverStripe Framework and possible custom code.

By default, mysite and app are enabled "modules".

Version ^2:

SilverStripe 3.x framework

Version ^3:

SilverStripe 4.x+


  "require-dev": {
    "silverleague/ideannotator": "3.x-dev"

Please note, this example omitted any possible modules you require yourself!

Example result


 * Class NewsItem
 * @property string $Title
 * @property int $Sort
 * @property int $Version
 * @property int $AuthorID
 * @method \SilverStripe\Security\Member Author()
 * @method \SilverStripe\ORM\DataList|Category[] Categories()
 * @method \SilverStripe\ORM\ManyManyList|Tag[] Tags()
 * @mixin Versioned
class NewsItem extends \SilverStripe\ORM\DataObject
    private static $db = array(
        'Title'	=> 'Varchar(255)',
        'Sort'	=> 'Int'

    private static $has_one = array(
        'Author' => Member::class

    private static $has_many = array(
        'Categories' => Category::class

    private static $many_many = array(
        'Tags' => Tag::class

Further information

For installation, see installation

For the Code of Conduct, see CodeOfConduct

For contributing, see Contributing

For further documentation information, see the docs

A word of caution

This module changes the content of your files and currently there is no backup functionality. PHPStorm has a Local history for files and of course you have your code version controlled... I tried to add complete UnitTests, but I can't garantuee every situation is covered.

Windows users should be aware that the PHP Docs are generated with PSR in mind and use \n for line endings rather than Window's \r\n, some editors may have a hard time with these line endings.

This module should never be installed on a production environment.