Archive for the ‘Debugging’ Category

PHPBot – Can a PHP Bot Help You Look up Documentation Faster?

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I came across PHPBot the other day (not to be confused with Botman or Fondbot) - a "chatbot" which helps you look up PHP manual entries and generates example code for them. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I don't believe in chatbots being chatbot...

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...

7 of the Best Code Playgrounds

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Messing around with experimental code is easy thanks to several free online development playgrounds. Craig Buckler looks at seven of the best... Continue reading %7 of the Best Code Playgrounds%

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...

Upgrading Sylius the TDD Way: Exploring Behat

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Last time, we developed some new features on top of Sylius' core to indicate which products and their variants are low on stock and need replenishing. Now, we move on to seeing our changes in the UI, which means we will need to do a bit of StoryBDD tes...

Upgrading Sylius the TDD Way: Exploring PhpSpec

The post on developing and testing new Sylius features was an introduction to the three types of tests that are used in Sylius - PHPUnit, Phpspec and Behat. In this part, we'll extend some core classes to indicate color-coded inventory status. First, w...