I regularly visit forums, stack overflow, IRC channels to ask questions and giving back open source community whatever possible for me. Obviously I learned much from those places and owe them. One of the common questions asked on community how to setup development environment. Obviously not basic one but advanced like how to setup Pear, Composer, XDebug, PHP Unit etc. All these are vital tools for development. So I’m trying to cover all these common questions on one single post.
Please note here I’m setting advanced PHP development environment on Windows 7.
Few weeks ago, I was just checking blogs from IT greats, as I usually do. I went through an interesting post PHP a fractal of bad design. It had a nice start-up
Choosing a PHP framework is not an easy task, especially if you have relatively little experience in PHP to know what makes a good framework or and what doesn’t, but choosing the right PHP framework for the job is absolutely critical in the long term as choosing the wrong PHP framework can lead to a number of negatives, such as longer development time, need for more experienced staff who may be hard to find and of course performance problems. Unluckily (or perhaps luckily) when it comes to PHP there is such a plethora of PHP MVC Frameworks that it’s damn hard to actually boil them down to the final choice. With ASP.NET for example it’s quite easy (although it’s gotten a little more complicated lately), previously there was only ASP.NET but now there’s also ASP.NET MVC, which is very different development paradigm and has it’s own catches. However, one thing with .NET is that you need to choose how you’re going to do your data access, etc, but with most PHP Frameworks there is usually only one or two ways and they tend to do the job quite well. So, now with this brief introduction, here’s the thoughts on Yii Framework (1.1.5) vs Zend Framework (1.11.0) vs Code Igniter (1.7.2).