I have a child class that extends a class with only static methods. I would like to make this child class a singleton rather than static because the original developer really wanted a singleton but used static instead (obvious because every method in the static class calls the Init() function (basically a constructor)).
Most of the methods in the parent don't need to be overwritten in the child, but I would like to avoid having to write methods like this:
public function Load($id)
Yes, but only as of PHP 5.3 do they work as you would expect: http://www.php.net/manual/en/language.oop5.static.php (ie.
self binds to the actual class and not the class it's defined in).
Yes, but you will get a warning, and God kills a kitten (don't do it).