Often I'm working on a Magento template or block and while looking for a variable I try to use a getter method.

I use xDebug so normally I just go through the debugger and find what I need and guess the getter method, and usually it works. for example:


But sometimes I can't find the getter method and use xDebug with PHPStorm to evaluate the expression for the value I need. enter image description here

This usually gives me an expression like the below:


While this works it does not seem to be the best way to do it, I've tried using $program->getType(); but it doesn't work.

Am I missing something? The example above is from a custom module, I thought with Magento's Magic Getter & Setter methods it should still work. Although, looking at this module the block in question inherits or extends from Mage_Core_Block_Template


It looks like $program is neither an instance of Varien_Object nor an object at all, thus no overloading methods are available.

$program['type']->getSpecialUrlKey() might work if the array has an entry with the key type that is an instance of Varien_Object.

To make a developer's life easier, classes that offer "magic" methods should be annotated accordingly, see Mage_Sales_Model_Order for example.

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