The DRY principle: its cost explained with examples

I know what you are thinking: “Again a boring article on DRY? Don’t we have enough already?”. You might be right. However I see too many developers (junior or senior) applying DRY like they are doing some witch hunting. Totally randomly or everywhere they can. So apparently we never have enough DRY principle articles on Internet. A little reminder for those in the back who don’t follow: the DRY principle means “Don’t Repeat Yourself” and was first introduced in the The Pragmatic Programmer. »

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10 tips to become a better web developer

I had a dream! This dream was to write an article with a title beginning by “10 tips to…”. I don’t normally like them so much (yes, they are often pure clickbait) but let’s face it, humans like lists. That’s why we have the ul tag in HTML. When I finished to write this article and I counted how many parts I had, I was so full of joy and love! »

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How did I replace PhpStorm by Vim in my heart

I wrote an article some time ago in order to give you the most useful tips and tricks for my favorite php IDE, PhpStorm. Well, sorry PhpStorm, you were my favorite IDE. Things changed. I love another one now. Its name is Vim. Are you confused? Are you yelling “why”? What happened between PhpStorm and me? Why a PHP developer would use this… old smelly thing called Vim? I was happy with PhpStorm. »

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The DateTime PHP object: how to use it efficiently?

When I search and read code about time and date problems, I noticed that a lot of people still use the old PHP functions like date(), time() or strtotime(). What about using DateTime instead? It is time to introduce this powerful PHP object. Datetime can do all the usual date and time operations you could ask for and even more. Using Datetime can save a lot of time when you have to do more complex operations on dates. »

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10 PhpStorm shorcuts and tricks you should know

PhpStorm is my favorite IDE for coding in PHP: pretty stable, you can do a lot with it. A shed load of stuff in fact. Even coding! The guys from Jetbrains tried to integrate every useful tools for a web developer in one software and, I have to say, it is pretty well done! You can configure easily a debugger, using a terminal, sending requests to your remote or local databases. »

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