@method

The @method allows a class to know which ‘magic’ methods are callable.

Syntax

@method [return type] [name]([[type] [parameter]<, ...>]) [<description>]

Description

The @method tag is used in situation where a class contains the __call() magic method and defines some definite uses.

An example of this is a child class whose parent has a __call() to have dynamic getters or setters for predefined properties. The child knows which getters and setters need to be present but relies on the parent class to use the __call() method to provide it. In this situation, the child class would have a @method tag for each magic setter or getter method.

The @method tag allows the author to communicate the type of the arguments and return value by including those types in the signature.

When the intended method does not have a return value then the return type MAY be omitted; in which case ‘void’ is implied.

@method tags MUST NOT be used in a PHPDoc that is not associated with a class or interface.

Effects in phpDocumentor

Structural Elements of type class or interface tagged with the @method tag will show an extra method in their method listing matching the data provided with this tag.

Examples

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 class Parent
 {
     public function __call()
     {
         <...>
     }
 }

 /**
  * @method string getString()
  * @method void setInteger(integer $integer)
  * @method setString(integer $integer)
  */
 class Child extends Parent
 {
     <...>
 }

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