Posts tagged PHP
Setup Advanced PHP Dev env on Windows (Part 2)0
In Part 1 of this article, we already setup WAMP, PEAR and PHP Unit (edit: and Code Sniffer). If you missed that part, please go through Setup advanced PHP Dev-Env on windows part 1 first.
In this part, we are going to setup following:
XDebug: XDebug is used to debug PHP code and easily integrates with leading IDE like Netbeans.
Phing: Phing is PHP project build tool, based on Apache ANT.
Composer: Composer is new dependency management tool in PHP world.
(Edit) Code Sniffer: Check if your code is following standards. You can define your own standards.
Again to remind, this is not tutorial for given tools, we are just setting up the environment with these tools. Respective website is the good start point if you want to learn more about these tools. In future, I’ve plans to make a simple kick start tutorial for these tools but till then, go through official documents and Google for tutorials on these tools. (more…)
Setup Advanced PHP dev-env on Windows (Part 1)1
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.
PHP: Bad design: Good result0
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
I can’t even say what’s wrong with PHP, because— okay. Imagine you have uh, a toolbox. A set of tools. Looks okay, standard stuff in there.
You pull out a screwdriver, and you see it’s one of those weird tri-headed things. Okay, well, that’s not very useful to you, but you guess it comes in handy sometimes.
You pull out the hammer, but to your dismay, it has the claw part on both sides. Still serviceable though, I mean, you can hit nails with the middle of the head holding it sideways.
You pull out the pliers, but they don’t have those serrated surfaces; it’s flat and smooth. That’s less useful, but it still turns bolts well enough, so whatever.
And on you go. Everything in the box is kind of weird and quirky, but maybe not enough to make it completely worthless. And there’s no clear problem with the set as a whole; it still has all the tools.
Now imagine you meet millions of carpenters using this toolbox who tell you “well hey what’s the problem with these tools? They’re all I’ve ever used and they work fine!” And the carpenters show you the houses they’ve built, where every room is a pentagon and the roof is upside-down. And you knock on the front door and it just collapses inwards and they all yell at you for breaking their door.
That’s what’s wrong with PHP.
Comparison; PHP Frameworks – Zend Vs. Code Ignitor Vs. YII0
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).