Code quality tools in PHP to check and improve your code

Oh no! Your boss asked you to fix a bug which crash the company’s website on production. As quick as a jaguar you open the classes responsible of the maelstrom. They were coded by Dave, your colleague developer. The classes are full of formatting errors, poor indentation and weird one letter variables. There are so many dependencies you need to scroll down for minutes to escape the bloated constructor. »

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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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PHP 7.2: the pitfalls to avoid for a better and cleaner code

What are the pitfalls to avoid with this new version of PHP and its new functionalities? As my previous article on PHP 7 scalar and return types pitfalls, instead of describing the new super cool features of this perfect PHP 7.2, I will describe what can be dangerous for the good health of your application. As Ward Cunningham stated it: “You know you are working on clean code when each routine you read turns out to be pretty much what you expected. »

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Vim as a PHP IDE - the complete guide

Last update: 2018-04-12 Vim, an IDE? I can see you spitting your cereals in front of you computer. “What? A PHP IDE with Vim? Are you insane?” Am I? It’s definitely possible to make a very powerful IDE with Vim, thanks to my ex-colleague kushellig who initiated me to this dark knowledge. The list of plugins I propose here will cover most of your needs: project management, autocompletion, PHPDoc generation, powerful search and replace tools, debugger… all these features will be at your fingertips, for free! »

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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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