Piwik_FrontController question

Hey All,

I’m looking through piwik to get a sense of how it’s constructed (excuse my noobness), I was curious why in index.php you guys designed it to call:

$controller = Piwik_FrontController::getInstance();

which leads to a use of magic constants I don’t understand the purpose of?

$c = CLASS;
self::$instance = new $c();
return self::$instance;

Why doesn’t FrontController just have a constructor, and index.php call $controller = new Piwik_FrontController() instead of going through a few lines to end up calling the default constructor?


It’s a design pattern known as Singleton.

Got it, thanks man!