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Henrik Warne:
Lessons Learned in Software Development
April 29, 2015 @ 12:52:04

In this recent post to his site Henrik Warne has shared a list of advice around software development and some good practices he's picked up along the way.

Here is my list of heuristics and rules of thumb for software development that I have found useful over the years.

His list includes several points related to a few main categories:

  • Development
  • Troubleshooting
  • Cooperation (personal, not code)
  • Other Miscellaneous Tips

Each main topic has a few sub-topics and each of those includes a brief description (with twenty-two tips in the list overall). There's some great advice in the list as well as some good contributions in the comments, so be sure to read through those too.

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Link: http://henrikwarne.com/2015/04/16/lessons-learned-in-software-development/

Developer Drive:
40+ tools for writing better PHP
April 01, 2015 @ 10:56:43

The Developer Drive site has posted their top 40+ list of libraries and tools that can help developers write better PHP. Their selections range from templating libraries to request handling and even testing tools.

There are scads of PHP tools available over the internet for php developers, but finding an appropriate PHP tool is quite an arduous task and demands effort and time. Today we've collected 45 handy PHP development tools for developers.

Included in their list are tools such as:

Several of the libraries can be installed via Composer (another tool in their list) but other items are stand-alone software that would need to be set up outside of the application.

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Link: http://www.developerdrive.com/2015/03/40-tools-for-writing-better-php/

Remi Collet:
PHP 7.0 as Software Collection
March 26, 2015 @ 10:15:48

Remi Collet has a new post today talking about the next major release of the PHP language - PHP 7 - and how it, in its current state, can be installed now as an RPM from the "remi" repository as a software collection.

RPM of upcoming major version of PHP 7.0, are available in remi repository for Fedora 20, 21, 22 and Enterprise Linux 6, 7 (RHEL, CentOS, ...) in a fresh new Software Collection (php70) allowing its installation beside the system version. As I strongly believe in SCL potential to provide a simple way to allow installation of various versions simultaneously, and as I think it is useful to offer this feature to allow developers to test their applications, to allow sysadmin to prepare a migration or simply to use this version for some specific application, I decide to create this new SCL.

Instructions for the installation (via yum) are included and a list of some things "to be noticed" about the setup are also included.

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Link: http://blog.famillecollet.com/post/2015/03/25/PHP-7.0-as-Software-Collection

That Podcast:
Episode 58 Life as a Software Developer with Keyvan Akbary
February 11, 2015 @ 09:40:57

In the latest episode of the Three Devs & A Maybe podcast hosts Michael Budd, Fraser Hart, Lewis Cains and Edd Mann talk with an associate of Edd's, Keyvan Akbary about life as a software developer.

This week we are very lucky to have Edd's work college and good friend Keyvan Akbary on the show. We start off discussing how Google Maps lied to him on his train journey down from London to the 'Garden of England' Kent. This moves us on to talk about the exciting new greenfield project he is currently working on - following a DDD approach, comprehensive test suite and TDD. After this we back track a few steps and chat about how he got into computing and subsequently programming - through a high school web-page and friendly competition with his brother. Following this we delve into his University experience and how he felt happier in a work setting, which can be seen by the great experience he has been able to gain in such a short space of time. Finally, we discuss his experiences with his own start-up, the current book he is helping write and interesting technologies that currently appeal to him.

You can listen to this latest episode either by using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed too!

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Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/life-as-a-software-developer-with-keyvan-akbary/

Marco Pivetta:
roave/security-advisories Composer against Security Vulnerabilities
December 30, 2014 @ 12:12:40

As Marco Pivetta has mentioned in his latest post to his site, Roave has released a tool for use with Composer that helps prevent vulnerable versions of software from even being installed (based on the data from the security-advisories data from FriendsOfPHP).

Since it's almost christmas, it's also time to release a new project! The Roave Team is pleased to announce the release of roave/security-advisories, a package that keeps known security issues out of your project.

The tool makes use of a "conflict" metapackage, mentioned in the Composer spec, and fails when the software and version is listed in the FriendsOfPHP information. This integration with Composer means that there's no need to run a separate tool for the checks to be made. It's integrated into the workflow and will dynamically fail without the need for you to update anything.

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Link: http://ocramius.github.io/blog/roave-security-advisories-protect-against-composer-packages-with-security-issues/

Anthony Ferrara:
Being A Responsible Developer
December 30, 2014 @ 09:04:17

In his latest post Anthony Ferrara is back with more discussion around the "only supporting the latest versions" debate (here is the previous article). In this new post he talks about being a "responsible developer" and how that relates to keeping your software up to date.

The general consensus [shared during a DevHell and PHPTownHall Mashup ] was that as an ideology, only supporting latest versions is correct. From a practical standpoint though they said that it's unrealistic. That there are tons of legacy systems out there that are running just fine and can't justify the cost of upgrading. So they shouldn't have to upgrade "for ideological reasons". From one point of view, this certainly makes sense. [...] This point of view disturbs me deeply. And it further disturbs me that it came from the same person who preaches for testing.

He makes the connection between being responsible and the software upkeep through testing. He points out that the real effectiveness of automated testing is in preventing regressions - that is, when software is updated, that bugs don't reappear. He then goes on to share his opinion on some of the other arguments presented in the recording like the "if it ain't broke, don't fit it" and security issues topics. He also shares some number of the reality of what can happen if software is not up to date (or even patched) and how this circles back around to his previous points about software versions driving the OS and PHP versions forward.

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Link: http://blog.ircmaxell.com/2014/12/being-responsible-developer.html

Eric Wastl:
Your Job Is Not to Write Code
December 04, 2014 @ 09:05:04

Eric Wastl has written an open letter to software developers out there in response to this post and sharing some of his own thoughts (and corrections) about what it suggested.

Dear [Software] Engineers, Your job is not to write code. Rather, your job isn't only to write code. Your job is to design and build software, and one of the steps in that process happens to be explaining to a computer how to do its new job. An article appeared on Medium recently that writing code isn't really a big deal and it's not really what your job is about. It is. You can smell "Product Manager" miles before the signature line of the article. The article goes on to talk about how your job is to improve your products for your users. This is not the job of an engineer - this is the job of every person at your company.

He talks about some of the "other jobs" the Medium article suggests a software developer be doing including making sure the "code runs the way it should" (devops, testing, etc) and that it "actually gets merged and pushed into production" (a release engineer). He points out the dissonance between the request for things to "run under all conditions" and when it makes sense to add analytics to your code.

Because your job is to write code. Your job is to write the best code you can, as quickly as you can, within budget, meeting all of the expected features, in a maintainable way, and a million other things, and still make the users happy. [...] Your job is to tell someone when you make a mistake. Your job is to work together with your testers and with operations and with product and finance and, yes, even the other engineers. Your job is to figure out what product will ask for before they ask for it, and build the code so that if and when they do, adding the feature is easy because the code wasn't written in a way that requires a year-long refactoring project to do it in a way that wouldn't make Cthulhu literally gleeful at the thought of it.
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Link: http://hexatlas.com/entries/5

Sherif Ramadan:
A Software Engineer's Job
August 05, 2014 @ 11:07:54

Sherif Ramadan has a new post to his site today that tries to answer the question "what does a software developer really do?"

As a software engineer I have to learn to see things differently, because my job requires that I solve problems. Though not only is it important that I come up with a solution, but equally important that I can express the solution in code. [...] It is equally important to recognize that not all problems have technical solutions. Some problems are better solved by social solutions.

He talks about the influence that some of the major services have had on the social aspects of our lives and how they're mostly a "convenience to mankind". He suggests that the job of a software engineer has multiple aspects, and not just technical ones. They're required to see things differently, be able to understand the problem well and express the solution in a clear and practical set of code.

The engineer must figure out which problems are worth solving through technology, in order to save people time and money, and defer those which do not to more social means. Let humans do what they do best and computers do what they do best.
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Link: http://sheriframadan.com/2014/08/a-software-engineers-job/

Three Devs & A Maybe Podcast:
Introduction to Software Testing
June 24, 2014 @ 11:19:43

The Three Devs & A Maybe podcast has released their latest episode out into the wild: Episode #30, an Introduction to Software Testing. Hosts Michael Budd, Fraser Hart, Lewis Cains and Edd Mann discuss all things testing, and not just for PHP.

In this episode we introduce the very important topic of software testing. Starting off with why you should consider the automated testing route, we move on to discuss the different types of testing available. Some of the topics discussed include Quality Assurance, TDD/BDD, Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Functional Testing and Acceptance Testing.

Topics in this episode include design patterns, PHPUnit, Hamcrest PHP, Composer and Codeception. You can listen to this latest show either using the in-page player or by downloading the mp3.

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Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/posts/introduction-to-software-testing/

NetTus.com:
You Requested It, We Made It Free PHP Testing Course
June 05, 2014 @ 10:26:49

On NetTuts.com today they've made an announcement about a new PHP testing course they're making available for free. The course is an introduction to testing your PHP applications and is taught by Andrew Perkins.

In this course, Andrew Perkins will teach you the very basics of testing in the PHP language. Learn what is needed to test PHP applications and why testing is important. Explore the differences between regular testing, test-driven development (TDD) and behavior-driven development (BDD). Along the way, take a look at the various frameworks that are available, to make sure your PHP websites run just as you expected. And lastly, compare and contrast the different types of tests that you can run such as unit, functional, and acceptance tests.

The training course covers a lot of the basics behind testing and several of the tools you can use along the way including PHPUnit, Codeception and Behat. It's a pretty quick overview, so don't expect too much in-depth coding and testing examples. The course with all videos included comes in at just a bit over an hour of content. You can find out more and sign up to have access to the training here.

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Link: http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/you-requested-it-we-made-it-free-php-testing-course--cms-21283


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