One of the things I hear from people and my friends is questions about the best way to work with PHP. They always want to know how to get started on a project, what software to use, how to plan it successfully, and so on. In this article I plan on revealing the “magical secrets” about how I do my PHP programming so quickly with so few bugs.
One night while watching my various cartoons on Adult Swim I got a call from a friend begging me to lend him a hand and tell him how I program PHP so fast and accurately. He was rather disappointed when I told him that a book or a website isn’t what made my skills so impressive to him. After I told him what I did, it improved his PHP abilities tenfold. So I thought it would be useful to everyone to know what I consider to be the best practices while developing PHP. There are many PHP editors out there; trust me I’ve used just about all of them, from full blown “what you see is what you get” editors, all the way to those that are a Windows notepad clone. So I plan on filtering out the best from the worst. On top of that I’m going to be telling you all about the best programs for working with HTML and MySQL, and I’m also going to be talking about how to plan your project, where to get started, and where to go from there. I’m also going to try to explain how to document your code, and how to format your code so that you minimize the amount of time you confuse yourself (admit it your own code has confused you before... at least once).