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QaFoo Blog:
Five Tips to Improve Your Unit Testing
Jun 13, 2017 @ 10:52:54

The QaFoo blog has posted a new article sharing five tips to improve your unit testing of your PHP applications. Even if you're a testing veteran, there's some helpful hints in here for you.

After you got the hang of unit testing there is still so much space for improvement. In this post I want to share five tips with advanced testers I have seen to influence testing in the right direction.

Their list of five tips includes advice about what you should consider as a "unit", refactoring test code and writing tests for bugs. Each topic includes a brief description of the suggestion and clear steps to follow when integrating it into your testing workflow.

tagged: unittest tips improvement advice unit logic refactor utilities bugs

Link: https://qafoo.com/blog/105_five_tips_improve_unit_testing.html

Freek Van der Herten:
Simplifying presenters in Laravel
Sep 20, 2016 @ 09:32:17

Freek Van der Herten has a quick post to his site with a tip about simplifying presenters in your Laravel based application. The "presenters" here are in relation to this package and how it helps with the output of the application.

In the Laravel template that we use to kickstart all our client projects at Spatie, I recently changed the way we handle presenters. Instead of using Jeffrey Way’s popular presenter package we now use simple traits. In this post I want to give some background on that change.

He gives a quick "crash course" on presenters for those not familiar with the concept and how it helps to keep view logic out of places like models and controllers. He briefly describes a presenter class that would return the "first name + last name" combination and what the code could look like. Then it's just a matter of using that trait (the class mentioned just before this) and a new magic property is defined to use in the view.

tagged: laravel presenter view logic property example user name

Link: https://murze.be/2016/09/simplifying-presenters-laravel/

Graze.com Tech Blog:
Sharing Controller Logic with Traits in PHP
Apr 24, 2015 @ 08:53:48

On the Graze.com Tech blog there's a recent post about sharing logic between controllers with the help of traits. He makes use of the traits functionality in PHP to abstract out functionality common to multiple controllers (in his case, common user functionality).

There have been a few times I have come across a situation where I need to share some logic between controllers but it hasn't been as clear cut as abstracting that logic out into a library. I've been pondering the best way to tackle this problem and would like to share my thoughts.

In his example he shows how two different controllers, the Account and Signup controllers, both need to be able to look up an address and perform some simple checks on the results. The logic is duplicated so he first tries to move it out to an abstract controller but notes that it's not the most ideal solution. Next he tries moving the code out into a library but finds issues with separating out the necessary concerns. Finally he moves the logic into a trait (AddAddressTrait) that contains it and allows the direct integration of his "lookupPostalCode" method into the controller without inheritance or other design issues.

tagged: controller logic sharing traits tutorial library inheritance

Link: http://tech.graze.com/2015/04/14/sharing-controller-logic-with-traits-in-php/

Stephan Hochdörfer:
Controller classes vs. Action classes
May 19, 2014 @ 10:52:31

In this new post to his site Stephan Hochdörfer covers some of his own thoughts about the recently proposed application structure from Paul Jones, the "Action-Domain-Response" pattern. In this post Stephan compares the typical controller classes with an action class.

First of all I do have the feeling that controller classes make it harder to structure your logic. I have seen a lot of "God Controllers" that do a shitload of stuff. Stuff that is not really related to each other. [...] action classes tend to be rather small, typically less than 100 loc for us. That also helps a lot when trying to understand what`s going on. I am aware that there are developers out there who are afraid when it comes to dealing with a lot of classes. [...] That`s another bonus point for action classes: It is easier to search for a class name than a method name in most IDEs.

He goes on to talk more about "God controller" classes, their dependencies and how that compares to action classes only taking in what they need. He touches on the reusability of action classes as opposed to controllers and how they come in handy for storing common logic.

tagged: controller action class compare logic dependency

Link: http://blog.bitexpert.de/blog/controller-classes-vs.-action-classes

The PHP.cc:
Urban Legends and Error Handling
Jun 27, 2013 @ 09:23:16

In this new post to the PHP.cc blog, Stefan Priebsch looks at the relationship between urban legends and error handing in PHP.

Ending up in such a situation [as the tourists in the urban legend] is not the fault of the underpass: the error, made somewhere upstream, merely shows up right when approaching the underpass, and is usually difficult (or at least tedious) to handle. PHP as a programming language, just like any dynamic language, may at first appear to not need overly strict validations of data. Validation of data, however, is directly related to error handling: If data is invalid, this should be an error or an exception (if you write OOP code, which you should be doing). This error needs to be handled somewhere.

He talks about how things like field and value validation can help prevent errors further down the road. He mentions the split between application and domain logic and suggests that it's the role of the app logic to prevent bad data from making it thorough to the domain.

In software development, it is crucial that you handle any errors as soon as they occur. This requires you to actually realize that an error has occurred.
tagged: urban legend error handling domain application logic validation

Link: http://thephp.cc/viewpoints/blog/2013/06/urban-legends-and-error-handling

Anthony Ferrara:
Programming With Anthony - Logic
Dec 20, 2012 @ 12:26:26

Anthony Ferrara has posted about his latest video tutorial in his "Programming with Anthony" series, looking this time at the topic of "Logic":

This week's Programming With Anthony video is up! In it, we discuss the foundations of Boolean Logic and introduce some very interesting tools for analyzing logical constructs (including Truth Tables and De Morgan's Laws).

You can view this latest video over on YouTube or get caught up on the entire series with the full playlist of this and past episodes.

tagged: video tutorial programming series logic youtube


Overriding Strategy Logic - The Template Method Pattern
Sep 25, 2012 @ 08:58:01

On PHPMaster.com there's a new tutorial posted talking about the Template Method Pattern to help make some sense (and make easier to use) your implementation of the Strategy pattern.

This bring us back to the question whether it’s feasible to eliminate duplicated strategy logic via Inheritance rather than switching over to plain Composition. Indeed it is, and the clean up process can be conducted through an ubiquitous pattern known as Template Method. [...] Simply put, there’s a base class (usually an abstract one), which declares a concrete method (a.k.a. the template) responsible for outlining the steps or hooks of a certain algorithm. Most of the time the base type provides boilerplate implementation for some of those steps and the remaining ones are delegated to subclasses.

The subtypes then override the base's functionality and extend it with their own. They show an example of this by making a jQuery image slider (using this plugin) , an "AbstractCycleSlider" class and two subclasses for two other types - "FadeSlider" and "ScrollSlider", each outputting their own HTML. It also shows how to implement a slider using a different plugin and output both in the same script.

tagged: strategy logic designpattern template method abstract subtype


Evolving Toward a Persistence Layer
Sep 12, 2012 @ 10:51:17

On NetTuts.com there's a new article posted that introduces you to the concept of a persistence layer in a PHP application:

One of the most confusing design pattern is persistence. The need for an application to persist its internal state and data is so tremendous that there are likely tens – if not hundreds – of different technologies to address this single problem. Unfortunately, no technology is a magic bullet. [...] In this tutorial, I will teach you some best practices to help you determine which approach to take, when working on future applications. I will briefly discuss some high level design concerns and principles, followed by a more detailed view on the Active Record design pattern, combined with a few words about the Table Data Gateway design pattern.

Included in the post is a high-level application design with the business logic is at the core and the persistence technology/layer exists outside of it. They show how to create a simple, working solution for a persistence layer to handle a blog post and its contents. It talks about characterization tests, the table gateway design pattern and the possible move to the active record pattern.

tagged: persistence layer tutorial logic blog example


Layer Supertype Pattern: Encapsulating Common Implementation in Multi-Tiered Systems
Jul 04, 2012 @ 17:13:39

On PHPMaster.com there's a new post looking at a design pattern that's commonly in use by developers but they might not know its name - the Layer Supertype pattern and its use in multi-tiered systems.

Inheritance offers a straightforward way to easily spawn a large number of objects that are semantically related to each other without having duplicate code. The concept is ridiculously simple – yet powerful: you first drop as much logic as possible within the boundaries of a base type (usually an abstract class, but it could be a concrete one), and then start deriving refined subtypes according to more specific requirements. [...] Not surprisingly, this repetitive encapsulation/derivation cycle lays down on the formalities of a design pattern known as Layer Supertype.

They describe the "supertype" as a replacement for an overly bloated domain-related model. Their example replaces a PostInterface/CommentInterface with a more generic "AbstractEntity" that handles some of the basics for you - getting/setting, checking a field, setting an ID and outputing the information to an array.

tagged: layersuprtype designpattern inheritance common logic


Sankuru Blog:
Adding support for if/while/do while, to a simple compiler & virtual machine in PHP
Jan 04, 2012 @ 11:40:22

Improving on his last post about creating a bytecode compiler in PHP, the Sankuru blog has a new post in the series looking at extending the basic compiler to add support for if/while and do while logic.

In order to obtain a turing-complete programming language, that is, a language in which we can implement and execute any arbitrary algorithm, that is, that other turing-complete machines can execute too, we now need to add a way of (conditionally) branching, that is, the IF statement, and at least one way of repeating statements, that is the WHILE or the DO WHILE statements.

He includes a simple TL-based script as an end goal for the compiler to be able to execute and shows how to add rules for it to the lexer/parser. Rules for the "if" are relatively simple, but there's a hitch in dealing with embedded "while" statements he had to work around. The post ends with the bytecode results for the sample program and the resulting output from the compiled versions execution.

tagged: bytecode compiler virtual machine while if whiledo logic