Top 10 PHP Tips for Web Developers –PART 1

Top 10 PHP Tips for Web Developers –PART 1

PHP focuses mainly on server-side scripting, so that developers can do almost anything other than CGI. This might include collection of data, generate dynamic page content or send and receive cookies. However, PHP can do much more than that. Thus, to get the best out of it you have to follow some basic tips.

php-logo1We are going to come up with 10 PHP tips at in two parts to help our readers, and followers eschew the tips easily.

  1. Opt for OOP
    Have you given a thought to the use of the realm of Object Oriented Programming? If not, then you are going to fall behind faster.
    OOPS, it is more of a systematic programming that uses Classes, Objects that tie together. Users just need to remove the code repetition and concentrate on basic tasks of production. Objects as we define are a bunch of functions that developers need to wrap so that developers can reuse it without rewriting the functions and procedures every time when you need to implement something.
    In OOPS, Procedural Programming follows an order from top to bottom of each page as server reads every file. With the use of OOP, one or two project may instantiate, which in turn can instantiate a few to thousands and perform certain tasks depending on the variables passed into the objects. OOP is fast, simple, easy to debug, uses fewer resources from the server, less code, loads faster and more logical to work as soon as you figure out the basic principles. So ride the bandwagon today.
  2. Remain Away from Those Ending with _once
    include() give us a warning if it fails, whereas, require() kills the script with an error if it fails. Therefore, include_once() and require_once() is extremely hard on server resources. Developers could nothing to stop the process as PHP works in this manner. This feature kills your server resources especially when you work on a huge framework, but if you plan your code, you would not even need it.
  3. Error Reporting Switched On/Off
    When you kick off a new project, you must turn on the error reporting to E_ALL, and should turn it off ten seconds prior switching to production mode. You must use this basic rule with all projects, as there in full production mode and not getting a single error. With your error-reporting mode switched on, you can pick up small errors that grow up to distract your working mode.
  4. Give a Try to Frameworks if Needed
    Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of PHP often says that we should not be using a framework because a it is slower than normal PHP code even when you think to print a “Hello World” application, but Rasmus Lerdorf would you build “Hello World” application every time? Frameworks are time clutters, but you have to learn how the frameworks function in order to keep the things simple. Moreover, you have less chance to write a bad code when someone else has written the most for you.
  5. Use Inbuilt Functions of PHP
    Do you count the number of keys in an array? Well, in that case you can loop through the array and increment a value for every repetition or you can use built-in PHP function count(). PHP comes with many built-in functions that can do what you ask them to do. So go through the manuals to make sure that you use them in the best possible way.

Our PHP web development team incorporates these tips to make work sharp, precise, and clear for our clients. So is your PHP team missing them? Get into the action


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