Oct 4, 2016 0
Today, PHP is the hottest scripting language used over the web. It is the secret ingredient to create an interactive and dynamic web application. Many great websites like Facebook, WordPress and Wikipedia have been designed on PHP framework. PHP application development is an investment that turns out to be a quick and stable money maker.
PHP is an open source web application that gives freedom of design state of the art applications. It provides unmatched flexibility and speed from any other scripting languages. Sometimes it becomes difficult to choose from an ocean of options to create an application. Here are a few tips that will let you explore the world of PHP application development and help you hand pick the building blocks to develop a dynamic and eye striking application using PHP.
Have a ‘SOLID’ design approach
SOLID means: single responsibility, open-closed, Liskov substitution, interface segregation and dependency inversion. This is the acronym used for the first five principles of design. It provides a framework to refactor the source code of the software to remove code smells. SOLID includes all the important design aspects like Grasp, Yagni, Package Principles, Kiss and Dry.
The lesser the codes, the better
Many developers flaunt their coding skills by writing the entire code for the application by themselves. But it is just not required. Thankfully, the vast PHP community has already solved the coding issues and the solutions are available on the internet, for FREE. Instead of creating codes for routing, data abstraction or unit conversion, it can be directly downloaded.
Use Composer while coding for an application. It creates a list of codes that would be required to develop the app and downloads the codes.
Drop the ‘ELSE’& ‘NESTED’ Statements
This method can be applied immediately in the codes of the application. Maintain a single level of coding as it is simple and easier to maintain. More levels of notch means more attention and complex code structures. Avoid ‘Else’ statements in multiple return statements. Nested Loops also makes it difficult to follow the codes.
Use the latest version of PHP
Make it a habit of using the upgraded versions of PHP for creating the application. This not only lets you avail the latest available upgrades , but also enhance speed and security. Memory usage is also significantly reduced with latest upgrades.
Use the latest versions of PHP and its extensions to avail all of its features and reduce the maintenance of the application.
Unit testing for feedback
Unit testing is the best way of getting the feedback of the codes of the application. Small tests are written in PHP that runs fast and assures that the code is running precisely.
Unit testing is very useful to get important design feedback of the application. Some of the mail unit testing tools are Snaptest, PHPUnit and Codeception.
PHP application development is a great platform to generate revenue for businesses but it is equally important to be updated with the latest technology and trends in PHP application development to make the most of it.