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Essential development facts All PHP developer should know

Essential development facts All PHP developer should know

PHP or Hypertext Preprocessor is a general purpose server side scripting language basically designed for app development of Web to produce dynamic web pages. Statistically PHP is installed on more than 20 million websites and 1 million web servers. The latest version of PHP released on 2012-05-08 i.e. PHP 5.4.3 with added functions like trait support, closer rebinding etc…PHP as 1st appeared in year 1995 designed by Rasmus Lerdorf.

What one is taught in classes is different from real world; in classes we follow textbook programming-syntax, procedure etc. but in the actual knowledge and experience from developing web applications. As a PHP developer few things should be kept in mind before developing applications in PHP

1: A Framework
Arguably, the basic need of every PHP user and one of the most important tools present in a developer’s toolbox. Though no single accepted way of developing applications is available in PHP yet many open source frameworks are available. It helps to code quickly, in a more effective way. Two different types of frameworks are available.
The first one is a Content Management System. Nowadays CMS is a lot complex and hence it is better to know well enough and to use it to fulfill all purposes. A lot of CMS projects are available on PHP but few good ones are dotCMS, MODx, WordPress.
The second one is more of a generic type programming framework that every PHP developer needs to have in his toolbox. Most popular frameworks are:
CakePHP, Zendframework, CodeIgniter etc.

2. Code Availability
PHP developers have lots of choices while reusing existing codes. As a matter of fact, one can build an entire application without witting a single code. From snippet archives to class databases PHP has it all.

3. A Debugger
For all professional PHP developers various options of debuggers are available like dbg, Zend_Debug and xdebug. All of them provide tools to break down the codes and find errors. If you have a Firebug then it’s a bonus for you.

4. Templating Engines
Template Engines are for those who do not use a framework, since framework comes with a specific design pattern, Template Engines are handy there. A Template Engine allows to separate HTML interface code from your logic code.

5. Entity relationship Tool
While working with a database, sometimes the database structure grows up too large to keep in memory, at this point an ERD tool is used to keep things straight. On one hand tools like MySQL and Workbench helps to visualize the whole database structure on the other hand expensive tools like Erwin comes with variety of options like keeping sync with actual database and import and export of models.

6. IRC
Sometimes PHP programmers are struck with a complex problem which they cannot
Solve by themselves that’s where an unofficial support channel comes into play on freenode. An IRC client is needed like Chatzilla. Just paste your code and post your question and wait until some help comes.

Personally I feel ERD tools encourage bloated designing data structure. And in my opinion a debugger and an IDE is interchangeable. But an IDE without a debugger is absolute waste.

This article is written by Jay Krishna Yadav, he is a part time blogger and an article writer. He has his guest posting and link building service. He visit Home Host – a blog that offers quality service. He loves to be a part of this blog as a contributor.

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