The DRY Principle: Its Cost Explained with Examples

Last update: 2018-08-09 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 Search: Commands and Plugins to Search, Find and Replace Everything You Want

Can a developer live without a good search engine in his editor or IDE? What developer never used the famous find and replace in multiple files? Yep. Nobody. You can be happy though, dear Vim user: your editor totally shine by its search features! With a minimum of configuration you can be able to search whatever you want, wherever you want at light speed. You need to use Vim to find and replace occurrences in thousand of files and filter with a maximum of granularity? »

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10 Tips to Become a Good or Even Better Web Developer

Last update: 2018-06-24 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. You are a web developer and you want to improve? Improvement is indeed something you should have in mind: it will make your work much more enjoyable and your boss happier. »

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Vim for PHP: The Complete Guide for a Powerful PHP IDE

Last update: 2018-09-18 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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