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I have a module (autoload: true) which uses a custom class. If it would be only relevant for templates, _init.php would be the way to go but due to autoload functionality I need the class also to be availabel in the backend - this is where _init.php stops working.

If the class is declared in config.php it works fine - but is this the recommended way or is there a better solution for this?

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Hi @chrizz, personally I load all my custom classes through an autoloader called in config.php. For this purpose you can also consider ready.php.

However If the custom class is associated only to a specific module (it will be used only when this module is installed) I think you may consider to load it from within the module itself in init() or ready(). 

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You can assign your own API variables easily:

// MyModule.module.php

class foo {
  public function bar() {
    return 'works!';
  }
}

class MyModule extends WireData implements Module {
  public static function getModuleInfo() {
    return [
      'title' => 'MyModule',
      'version' => '0.0.1',
      'summary' => '...',
      'autoload' => true,
    ];
  }

  public function init() {
    $this->wire->set('foo', new foo());
  }
}

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You could also just save this instance to $config->foo

$this->wire->config->foo = new foo();

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@bernhard, thats what I did as well - but then I ran into trouble because I needed to access the same class from a different module (autoloaded as well). And then it became tricky because I don't know any way to control the order of autoloading 😉 

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29 minutes ago, chrizz said:

And then it became tricky because I don't know any way to control the order of autoloading

I never had to deal with it myself, but check out Ryan's announcement.

 

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haha. obviously.... the wrong question... yes 🤦‍♂️

Thanks a lot for pointing me into the right direction

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Hey @chrizz. I'm moving this thread to the "Module/Plugin Development" area of the forum. Please post all module development related questions there – the main "Modules" area is only intended for support threads of existing modules. Thanks!

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