Archive for the ‘Debugging & Deployment’ Category

Let’s Compare: RunCloud vs Forge vs ServerPilot

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When your website or web application has outgrown your shared hosting account, it is time to move it to the cloud, or into a virtual private server (VPS). Nowadays, VPS providers offer better value in terms of CPU and RAM resources than the shared host...

What Are the Workflows of Prominent PHP Community Members?

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Workflow refers to both the process and the tools that are used in this process. Almost every developer comes up with a process of creating and finalizing the project deliverables. This process is implemented through a set of tools that the developer c...

Re-Introducing PHPUnit – Getting Started with TDD in PHP

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There are a lot of PHPUnit posts on our site already (just check the tag), but it's been a while since we've actually introduced people to it, and the tool has evolved significantly since then. This article aims to re-introduce the tool in a modern way...

How to Write JavaScript-Style Test Watchers in PHP

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I didn't start out writing tests for my code. Like many before and since, my "testing" was to write code and refresh the page. "Does it look right?", I'd ask myself. If I thought so, I'd move on. In fact, most of the jobs I've had have been with compan...

The Theory of Constraints in PHP

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I had been reading The Phoenix Project, a great novel about IT (you read that right), which presents day to day IT and devops problems at a large Amazon-like company in a way which makes mortals understand the complexities and chaos of 21st century tec...

Poka Yoke – Saving Projects with Hyper-Defensive Programming

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When working in a medium to large team on the same codebase, it can sometimes become hard to understand each other's code and how to use it. Various solutions exist to help with this. For example, you can agree to follow a set of coding standards to ma...

What Is Snapshot Testing, and Is It Viable in PHP?

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Ah-ha moments are beautiful and rare in programming. Every so often, we're fortunate enough to discover some trick or facet of a system that forever changes how we think of it. For me, that's what snapshot testing is. You probably write a lot of PHP c...

Web App Performance Testing with Siege – Plan, Test, Learn

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Building a simple web application today isn’t that hard. The web development community is friendly, and there are lots of discussions on Stack Overflow or similar platforms, and various sites with lessons and tutorials. Almost anyone can build an ap...