Archive for the ‘Patterns & Practices’ 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...

Rapid Enterprise App Development with Zend Expressive

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If you've ever done a Zend Framework quick start, you've probably never worked in Zend Framework. The quick start has historically been anything but quick, and it's easy to lose interest and move on to the next thing. Zend Expressive greatly improves ...

ReactJS in PHP: Writing Compilers Is Easy and Fun!

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I used to use an extension called XHP. It enables HTML-in-PHP syntax for generating front-end markup. I reached for it recently, and was surprised to find that it was no longer officially supported for modern PHP versions. So, I decided to implement a ...

Are Bitwise Operators Still Relevant in Modern PHP?

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Many of you probably scratched your heads reading this title. "Bitwhat?" In this article, we'll look at what bitwise operators are, and whether or not their use is still relevant in this modern age of computing. Example Use Case I'd been trying to rea...

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...