Archive for the ‘Patterns & Practices’ Category

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...

Re-Introducing Eloquent’s Polymorphic Relationships

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You've probably used different types of relationships between models or database tables, like those commonly seen in Laravel: one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many, and has-many-through. But there's another type of relationship that's not so common: po...

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...

8 Must Have PHP Quality Assurance Tools

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For shipping quality code, we must have testing in mind while coding (if not doing TDD). However, with the wide range of PHP testing tools out there, it's hard to make a choice! Exploring PHP is a fun adventure (premium course on that here!) but it's h...

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...

Functional Programming with Phunkie: Building a PHP JSON Parser

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Phunkie is a library with functional structures for PHP. In this two-part tutorial, Phunkie’s creator Marcello Duarte, head of training at Inviqa, explains how to create Parser combinators using the functional library. This post first appeared on the...