I am developing a webservice plugin directly in "/local/myplugin/", and everything is working, but currently when I need to test some changes I need to uninstall and install the plugin. This is very unproductive because everytime I need to set the functions to my service.
This is the normal workflow for developing Moodle plugins, or exist a better way?
I don't know if this is the best way to speed things up, but you can speed things up a little by incrementing the version number in a version.php file and then installing the plugin. It at least saves the time of uninstalling it.
Might also help to have a shortcut/bookmark/tab to open the install page faster. If you're on Windows, you can create a shortcut to the webpage on your desktop, and then right click it, select properties, and set a key combination to run that shortcut, so you could at least open that page with a three key combo instead, as well.
If there are faster means, I'd also like to know!
It really depends what sort of changes you are making.
If you're changing the database definition, then the XMLDB editor (which you should always use to generate the install.xml file) can also generate statements to go in the upgrade.php file - so just put them in there, bump the version number and visit the notifications page, to run the upgrade.
If you're changing capability definitions, message providers, event handlers or any of the other definitions that sit inside the db/ subdirectory, then just bump the version number and visit the notifications page.
If you're changing language strings or styles, then purge caches (site admin > developer > purge caches) OR, if you can run command line scripts, "php admin/cli/purge_caches.php" (which I run a lot during development).
If it's just a change in the code itself (which doesn't require a change to the database structure or the caches), then just save the changes (assuming you are working with a local server, if it is a remote server you'll need to upload them as well) and refresh the page - the changes should appear immediately.
I agree here. I rarely have to reinstall a plugin to update it. Just update your code, save the changes, and purge the cache.
You helped me a lot. Thank you.
I agree with the previous reply. I am currently working on a plugin as well for a Syllabus. I currently change the version number and then I am prompted to update the plugin. To my understanding, you do not need to uninstall it. I may changes to the PHP files of my plugin and just refresh the page to see some changes.