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Should all plugins be encapsulated in a Class?

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When developing a plugin should the functions be grouped together into a Class to avoid namespace conflicts?

Does using classes create performance overheads for PHP?

If there is a performance hit, should function names just be pre-fixed instead?

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Classes don't usually offer any benefits in terms of performance, but they very rarely have any negative effects either. Their real benefit is in making the code clearer and avoiding namespace conflicts.

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It's a purely stylistic choice on the part of the plugin author. There is no real difference in terms of speed.


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Should all plugins be encapsulated in a Class?

up vote 14 down vote

When developing a plugin should the functions be grouped together into a Class to avoid namespace conflicts?

Does using classes create performance overheads for PHP?

If there is a performance hit, should function names just be pre-fixed instead?


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Classes don't usually offer any benefits in terms of performance, but they very rarely have any negative effects either. Their real benefit is in making the code clearer and avoiding namespace conflicts.

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Yet, as @hakre mentioned, the namespace conflicts is really no different when using prefixes on global functions. "Cleaner" code and preventing namespace conflicts are synonymous in this case, no? - AlxVallejo Dec 30 '12 at 17:18

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