Posts marked with “best practices”

php|architect January Issue – Standards and Testing

by · February 1, 2013

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Like it or not, most of us (developers) started learning in a vacuum. We learned and developed habits that worked for us at the moment, but not all of these were things we are now proud to show off. How many of us facepalm when we see our code from 5 years ago? Heck- even […]

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Google's new microblogging tool has lots of security holes…on purpose

by · May 26, 2010

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Google Labs, in cooperation with Google Code University, has released a new microblogging tool called Jarlsberg, and like its namesake cheese, it’s full of holes. Security holes. Google hopes you use Jarlsberg to learn best practices on how to make your own software more secure.

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Using a framework? Why you should still learn OO and SQL

by · April 27, 2010

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If you’ve only ever used a framework to do data-driven or object-oriented programming, you might not know as much as you think. Read why it’s important to learn object-oriented programming and SQL…even if your framework does all the heavy lifting for you.

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Development principles

by · March 19, 2010

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What are the most important principles in software development? An insight on the basic motifs of the current methodologies.

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Why TDD is based on testing first

by · March 11, 2010

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Test-Driven Development is a test-first approach, and it could never be different. The advantages of test-first outweigh the time spent writing tests.

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Static methods vs singletons: choose neither

by · March 3, 2010

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Comparing the performance of a static method with that of a singleton ignores an important issue: that neither is the best answer to the problem they try to solve.

 

Month of PHP Security 2010

by · March 1, 2010

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The Month of PHP Bugs was a unique event in the PHP landscape that fixed a large number of security issues. Now a call for papers has started for a new, larger initiative.

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Professional Programming: DTAP – Part 1: What is DTAP?

by · July 27, 2009

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Development, Testing, Acceptance, and Production, (DTAP) these are the for development areas your code should move through. How many of them does your team actually deploy?

 

Opinion: Estimate != Sales Quote

by · July 2, 2009

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Some software development projects fail because the parties involved confuse the Estimate with the Sales Quote. Asking “How long will this take?” is not the same as asking “How much will this cost?”

 

Arrogance is Limiting Framework Adoption

by · June 15, 2009

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Developers are notoriously self-confident in their ability to write code that is better, faster, cleaner and better-smelling than everybody else’s. In today’s environment, however, the focus is on producing immediately useful code—and, given the richness of today’s frameworks, those who eschew them in favour of home-grown solutions are forever running the risk of reinventing the wheel for no good reason. We have enough wheels—start building some cars.