Tag: Code Quality

Readable Functions: Do One Thing

Several tricks and heuristics that I apply to write easy to understand functions keep coming up when I look at other people their code. This post outlines the second key principle. The first principle is Minimize State. Following… Read More

Readable Functions: Minimize State

Several tricks and heuristics that I apply to write easy to understand functions keep coming up when I look at other peoples code. In this post I share the first of two key principles to writing readable functions…. Read More

The Fallacy of DRY

DRY, standing for Don’t Repeat Yourself, is a well-known design principle in the software development world. It is not uncommon for removal of duplication to take center stage via mantras such as “Repetition is the root of all… Read More

Why Every Single Argument of Dan North is Wrong

Alternative title: Dan North, the Straw Man That Put His Head in His Ass. This blog post is a reply to Dan’s presentation Why Every Element of SOLID is Wrong. It is crammed full with straw man argumentation… Read More

PHP Unconference Europe 2016

Last week I attended the 2016 edition of the PHP Unconference Europe, taking place in Palma De Mallorca. This post contains my notes from various conference sessions. Be warned, some of them are quite rough. Overall impression Before… Read More

Missing in PHP7

I’ve decided to start a series of short blog posts on how PHP gets in the way of creating of well designed applications, with a focus on missing features. The language flamewar PHP is one of those languages that… Read More

PHPMD: TooManyPublicMethods and allow-underscores

Earlier this month, PHPMD 2.3 was released. It contains several new features, including two that I added primarily for use in Wikibase, the software behind Wikidata. For a more general post on PHPMD and style checks in PHP,… Read More

PHPCS and PHPMD: my experiences

PHPCS (PHP Code Sniffer) detects violations against a specified coding standard. PHPMD (PHP Mess Detector) is a similar tool, though with more of a focus on metrics. In this post I’ll go over how I started using them,… Read More