Is there a way to conveniently replace deprecated Joomla classes with VS Code. I do have the PHP CodeSniffer (with Joomla Coding standards) and Intelephense extensions, although I am not sure if everything is set up 100% as it should be. Maybe I missed something. So far the deprecated classes are highlighted and the tool tips show which class to use instead.

But is it also possible to automate the replacement? Replacing the class name and also inserting the use statement at the beginning of the file?


class HelloWorldViewHelloWorlds extends JViewLegacy


use Joomla\CMS\MVC\View\HtmlView


class HelloWorldViewHelloWorlds extends HtmlView

Updating an old extension gets quite tedious, when doing all of them manually.


PHPStorm seems to have something like this:

click on indicated deprecated class, Alt + Enter, then Import Class, choose class and name spacing is placed at top of file (haven't tried it myself since I don't use PHPStorm)


Notepad++ has a great find/replace function that works across directories. Any automated changes to code should be handled very carefully.

  • VS Code also has a find/replace function across directories. But that would only replace the class name but wouldn't insert the use .... – jost21 Nov 20 '20 at 18:25
  • You could use Notepad++ to also insert the use statement. – James Shaver Nov 21 '20 at 19:26

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