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The Nerdery:
Is my code compatible with PHP 5.4 or 5.5?
November 06, 2013 @ 11:15:40

On The Nerdery's blog today there's a new post that shows you a way to help test your code for PHP 5.4 and 5.5 - via PHP_CodeSniffer - as well as mentioning some of the changes that came with these versions.

Do you want to know if your code is compatible with that latest version of PHP? Do you need to upgrade your existing PHP website to a newer version of PHP? Do you want to see if your legacy PHP code is using any features that have been removed or deprecated in later versions of PHP? [...] ou need to migrate your existing code to ensure nothing will break when the upgrade occurs. How can you accomplish that?

They start with the list of differences (and backward incompatible changes) in the newer versions and point to the migration pages for each. Then they get into the use of PHP_CodeSniffer and some additional rules provided by Win Godden for checking the compatibility. With these added in, you can call the "phpcs" checking tool with the "PHPCompatibility" standard and check out the results. An example of what you might see on an older application is included in the post.

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Link: http://blog.nerdery.com/2013/11/code-compatible-php-5-4-5-5/

NetTuts.com:
PSR-Duh!
April 12, 2013 @ 10:46:26

On NetTuts.com today there's a post that talks about applying the PSR formatting to your application's code. If you haven't already read their introduction to the PSRs, it's highly suggested.

In a previous lesson here on Nettuts+, you learn about PSR; however, that article didn't detail the process of integrating that coding style into your projects. Let's fix that!

They briefly recap the main two PSRs (PSR-1 and PSR-2, but no mention of PSR-3 the logging interface) and show code examples of them being applied. They also point to the PHP_CodeSniffer tool that you can use to keep your code in the correct structure. Instructions are included to install it specifically for the Sublime Text 2 editor via package control. It's just a command-line tool, though, so it could be integrated with just about any other editor/IDE out there too.

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Link: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tools-and-tips/psr-duh

Sebastian Marek's Blog:
PHP 5.4 Compatibility Coding Standard for PHP_CodeSniffer
March 02, 2012 @ 10:52:32

In the wake of the official release of PHP 5.4 Sebastian Marek has made a quick post to his blog about bringing PHP_CodeSniffer rules help bring his code up to date with this latest version.

So with PHP 5.3 upgrade underway (and PHP 5.4 out of the door now!) I thought it's time to prepare for PHP 5.4 and make sure we're compatible. So by looking at Wim Godden's PHP53Compatibility code sniffs I have created a base for PHP 5.4 sniffs that we want to use to make sure we're compatible.

Sniffs included in set are:

  • PHP54Compatibility_Sniffs_PHP_BreakContinueVarSyntaxSniff
  • PHP54Compatibility_Sniffs_PHP_DeprecatedFunctionsSniff

You can grab this custom set of sniffs either from his github repository or from his personal PEAR channel if you'd rather install it that way (alpha channel).

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Michelangelo van Dam's Blog:
Quality Assurance on PHP projects - PHP_CodeSniffer
July 18, 2011 @ 09:06:48

Michelangelo van Dam has posted the next part in his "QA in PHP development" series to his blog, a look at PHP_CodeSniffer, a tool that can be used to keep the coding standards of your application in line.

PHP_CodeSniffer is probably the most convenient tool out there to analyze your source code and to verify it complies to company policies. Although it's debatable why source code should follow strict guidelines, it's only a matter of time before you discover yourself that it pays off to have a code base that appears to be written by one developer.

He talks about how it works to keep every brace in the right place and format the same through out all of your files. He also mentions that its standards are flexible and can be modified as you might see fit. He looks at the installation process (both manual and through the PEAR installer) and how to use it to analyze your codebase. He's even included a short screencast in the post so you can see the results first-hand.

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Christian Weiske's Blog:
How to integrate PHP_CodeSniffer with Git repositories?
May 27, 2011 @ 11:16:48

Christian Weiske has a problem he hopes you can help with - he's trying to get the PHP_Codesniffer tool integrated into his git workflow (well, the workflow of his team) as an automatic process that runs on commit. Unfortunately he's having some issues.

At work, we used a SVN server and enforced our project coding standard with a pre-commit hook on the server that ran PHP_CodeSniffer. Whenever a developer tried to commit some code that does not match the standard, he got it rejected. [...] The only way to enforce the standard is a pre-receive hook on our central Git repository server that all devs push to. Just installing the SVN hook on it isn't the solution, though.

Because of how git handles commits (possibly multiple in one push) the usual methods won't work. Other tricky things like file renaming and allowing for legacy code check-ins are also needed. He's posted the question on StackOverflow too, but no one's come up with a good answer yet (at the time of this post).

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Volker Dusch's Blog:
Please ship your own coding standard as part of your project
March 14, 2011 @ 11:32:47

Volker Dusch has a suggestion for all of the PHP projects (or, really Open Source projects in general) that can help keep things cleaner in your codebase and make for simpler times when merging contributions - including your coding standard along with the rest of your project.

Let me elaborate on [an important] point: Contribution. Most developers i know care about producing good code, especially then they are contributing to an open source project! Those people will respect your coding standard, naming scheme and every thing else that they can check for before sending you all patch/pull request. So try to make that part easy.

He talks about doing things the hard way - reformatting everything by hand each time someone contributes - or the easier way of enforcing the coding standard as a part of the contribution flow. He mentions PHP_CodeSniffer and the PHP Mess Detector as a part of a Jenkins installation (easily built from this handy project).

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Mayflower Blog:
Creating coding standards for PHP_CodeSniffer
February 25, 2011 @ 13:33:07

On the Mayflower blog today there's a new tutorial posted about creating coding standard "sniffs" for the PHP_CodeSniffer tool. A "sniff" is what defines the rules for your coding standards to follow (like "curly braces after function definitions should be on the next line" kinds of things).

In some cases the pre-installed coding standards like PEAR or Zend might not be sufficient for our current project or we want to deviate. This is the moment when we want to be able to create a custom one that fits our special needs. In this article I want to share my first experiences with you about how to create a custom coding standard for PHP_CodeSniffer.

They get into the details of what a "sniff" is and shows where they belong in the current structure of your PEAR install. There's an example of how to run the command line tool and how to create your own structure for your own custom sniffs. Their first example sniff checks to ensure that the first letter of a class is in uppercase.

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Wim Godden's Blog:
Automated PHP 5.3 compatibility testing for your (old) code
December 22, 2010 @ 09:02:10

In this new post to his blog today, Wim Godden looks at how you can use the PHPUnit unit testing framework to be sure your applications are ready to move to a PHP 5.30-only world.

So you or your team has built anywhere between 5 and 500 projects in PHP 4, 5.1 and 5.2 over the past 5 years. And now PHP 5.3 is there, offering a lot of very interesting features, including namespace support, late static binding (finally !), closures, nested exceptions and a bunch more (see the new feature list). So naturally, you'd like to upgrade. But doing so might break some old code.

He suggests a few different options - just run your unit tests and hope for the best, test the application's code directly or, his preference, run compatibility tests with the help of PHP_CodeSniffer and this new sniff he created. The sniff finds things like deprecated functions hanging around from pre-5.3 times as a part of a subset that the code sniffer can easily find.

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PHPBuilder.com:
Enforcing Coding Standards with PHP_CodeSniffer
October 22, 2010 @ 08:40:59

Developing applications has become simpler and simpler these days and the multitude of IDEs out there can help you keep all of your files organized and linked together so you know everything is in its place. There's one thing that only a handful out there can do, though - enforce coding standards. Thankfully, there's a tool that can help you keep your code following down the right path and PHPBuilder.com has a new tutorial about using it - PHP_CodeSniffer.

Although defined according to formal grammar and syntax, programming languages -- like their spoken counterparts -- often leave their users with a great deal of leeway for creative expression. [...] It can even be singularly counterproductive if you do not maintain stylistic consistency across projects, as you'll need to continuously re-acclimate to differing syntactical variations.

The PHP_CodeSniffer tool runs your code through a validation process and checks its structure against a coding standard (like the PEAR standard) and ensure it's formatted correctly. The tutorial shows you how to use the "phpcs" executable to test PHP, Javascript and CSSS files (using the Squiz standard).

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Sebastian Bergmann's Blog:
Using HipHop for Static Analysis
July 27, 2010 @ 10:13:51

In a new blog entry today Sebastian Bergmann quickly shows a method of performing some code analysis on code transformed by HipHop for PHP.

HipHop for PHP, the source code transformer that turns PHP code into C++ code that can then be compiled with g++, can also be used for static code analysis to find problems in PHP source code.

He includes a script that creates an XML document that both Checkstyle and PHP_CodeSniffer can use to check for a valid format on his sample "CodeErrors.js" file. He includes the script to create this XML file.

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