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Clean Code in PHP

By : Carsten Windler, Alexandre Daubois
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Book Image

Clean Code in PHP

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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

Best practices – where do they really come from?

When we are talking about “best practices," we can differentiate three cases, as follows:

  • Principles that have been proven for decades to work, which also are deduced from common sense: In this category, we can—for example—find design patterns. In short and if you do not know them, these are tools that fix recurrent programming problems. They have been here for decades and are known by millions of developers.
  • Choices made because we had to make them: Here, we can find things such as code style, naming conventions, and so on. Technically, it does not matter if you would like to use camelCase or snake_case to name your files. But if everyone is following the same rule, it is easier for everybody to understand each other.
  • “Technical” best practices: Some “best practices” are actually dictated by technical constraints and features. A concrete example is “...