Why are the docs promoting obsolete coding practices ?

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Why are the docs promoting obsolete coding practices ?

Postby spinningrust » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:47 am

Seriously guys, one way to discourage people to even bother trying to code for Joomla is to have documentation that contradicts itself, and even worse, promotes obsolete coding practices. >:(

For example :

The "how-to" on Component coding is just full of "Legacy" this and "Legacy" that.

https://docs.joomla.org/J3.x:Developing ... _site_part shows example code using JControllerLegacy, JViewLegacy etc

However, the top of that page clearly states "This is a multiple-article series of tutorials on how to develop a Model-View-Controller Component for Joomla! VersionJoomla 3.x." therefore there is no excuse for promoting obsolete coding practices on a page that explicitly talks about Version 3.x practices ! >:(

If, however, you manage to find this page in the quagmire mess that is the Joomla website :
https://developer.joomla.org/manual/cha ... l-MVC.html

It does talk about the correct "current" classes. But it only gives very vague examples, not really a proper walk-through.

Please guys. I want to learn how to code components,but I don't want to learn it in an obsolete fashion, wasting my time learning about Legacy classes.

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Re: Why are the docs promoting obsolete coding practices ?

Postby itoctopus » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:46 am

Most (if not all) of the Joomla core extensions are still powered by legacy libraries (check com_content, for example) - hence the use of legacy libraries in the documentation.

There is, however, a problem with the Joomla documentation, and this is caused by the fact that not too many contributors do their share, and that some contributors have different coding practices/opinions than others.
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