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  • Set up a development environment that provides code completion, syntax highlighting, interactive debugging, code templates, and more
  • Define a coding standard and automate compliance checks
  • Generate developer documentation in various formats using code-level comments and phpDocumentor
  • Manage revision and branching, tag, and merge code using a distributed version control system
  • Create your own debugging library and use Xdebug for interactive debugging
  • Shorten the development cycle by leveraging a suitable framework for your application
  • Write unit tests using PHPUnit and practice test-driven development
  • Automate application deployment and configuration using Phing—a PHP build and automation tool
  • Sketch class diagrams, sequence diagrams, and use cases using UML
  • Quickly find bugs and conflicts by setting up a continuous integration environment that automatically stages, tests, and documents your project

Chapter 1. Coding Style and Standards
Learn how to define a coding standard that suits your development process and how to enforce it using PHP_CodeSniffer

Chapter 2. Documentation with phpDocumentor
Learn how to properly document your code with phpDocumentor and generate well formatted developer documentation

Chapter 3. The Eclipse Integrated Development Environment
Learn how to install, customize, and use the free PDT plug-in for Eclipse to create a powerful IDE for PHP development

Chapter 4. Source Code and Version Control
Explore the ins and outs of subversion for distributed version control for development teams. Extend subversion functionality with PHP scripts

Chapter 5. Debugging
Write your own flexible debugging library or master remote interactive debugging with Xdebug.

Chapter 6. PHP Frameworks
Evaluate, compare, and choose frameworks that suit your projects and development style. Master the most commonly used modules of the Zend framework

Chapter 7. Testing
Testing methods and types, unit testing, creating comprehensive test suites with PHPUnit, and test-driven development

Chapter 8. Deploying Applications
Guidelines for automated and reversible application deployment, automating upgrades, and deployments with Phing

Chapter 9. PHP Application Design with UML
Introduction to UML, class diagrams, sequence diagrams, and use cases

Chapter 10. Continuous Integration
Use CI, keep costs down and save time by discovering bugs and conflicts in your projects, in the early stages


Even if you find writing PHP code easy, writing code that is efficient and easy to maintain and reuse is not so straightforward. Self-taught PHP developers and programmers transitioning from other languages often lack the knowledge to work with PHP on an enterprise level. They need to take their PHP development skills to that level by learning the skills and tools necessary to write maintainable and efficient code.

This book will enable you to take your PHP development skills to an enterprise level by teaching you the skills and tools necessary to write maintainable and efficient code. You will learn how to perform activities such as unit testing, enforcing coding standards, automating deployment, and interactive debugging using tools created for PHP developers – all the information in one place. Your code will be more maintainable, efficient, and self-documented.
From the design phase to actually deploying the application, you will learn concepts and apply them using the best-of-breed tools available in PHP.

Experienced developers looking for expertise in PHP development will learn how to follow best practices within the world of PHP. The book contains many well-documented code samples and recipes that can be used as a starting point for producing quality code.

Specifically, you will learn to design an application with UML, code it in Eclipse with PDT, document it with phpDocumentor, debug it interactively with Xdebug, test it by writing PHPUnit tests, manage source code in Subversion, speed up development and increase stability by using Zend Framework, pull everything together using continuous integration, and deploy the application automatically with Phing – all in one book. The author's experience in PHP development enables him to share insights on using enterprise tools, in a clear and friendly way.

  • Best practices for designing, coding, testing, and deploying PHP applications – all the information in one book
  • Learn to write unit tests and practice test-driven development from an expert
  • Set up a professional development environment with integrated debugging capabilities
  • Develop your own coding standard and enforce it automatically
  • Document your code for easy maintainability for yourself and others
Page Count 468
Course Length 14 hours 2 minutes
ISBN 9781847198389
Date Of Publication 29 Mar 2010


Dirk Merkel

Dirk Merkel is the owner of Waferthin Web Works LLC. In his spare time, he likes to ruin perfectly good open-source projects by submitting unsolicited patches. He also writes about Web development. He lives in San Diego with his lovely wife and two wonderful daughters. Dirk can be reached at