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Clean Code in PHP

By : Carsten Windler, Alexandre Daubois
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Book Image

Clean Code in PHP

5 (1)
By: Carsten Windler, Alexandre Daubois

Overview of this book

PHP is a beginner-friendly language, but also one that is rife with complaints of bad code,;yet no clean code books are specific to PHP. Enter Clean Code in PHP. This book is a one-stop guide to learning the theory and best practices of clean code specific to real-world PHP app development environments. This PHP book is cleanly split to help you navigate through coding practices and theories to understand and adopt the nuances of the clean code paradigm. In addition to covering best practices, tooling for code quality, and PHP design patterns, this book also presents tips and techniques for working on large-scale PHP apps with a team and writing effective documentation for your PHP projects. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to write human-friendly PHP code, which will fuel your PHP career growth and set you apart from the competition.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1 – Introducing Clean Code
Part 2 – Maintaining Code Quality

Coding standards

In the previous chapters, you learned a lot about writing high-quality code. Yet, it is not enough if you do it by yourself only. When you work in a team, you will most likely have the problem that other developers have a different understanding of quality and are on a different skill level than you are.

This is harmful to your code because it might lead to lazy compromises, where the involved parties agree on a way, just to have their peace. Therefore, if you want to work effectively in a team, you want to standardize your work as much as possible.

It makes sense to start with the low-hanging fruit: code formatting. This goes down to the very basics, such as agreeing on how many spaces should be used to indent lines, or where braces should be placed. But why is this even important?

We already shortly addressed this topic in Chapter 5, Optimizing Your Time and Separating Responsibilities. However, we want to expand on it at this point. The main advantage...