Installing WP-CLI and PHPUnit with Composer

Composer PHP WP-CLI and PHPUnit are excellent tools to use when developing and testing WordPress plugins. Composer is a great tool as well. It seems most people use Composer on a per-project basis – installing the packages they need just for the project they are working on. You can also install “global” packages, like these system tools, that you can use across multiple projects.

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How To Setup A WordPress Development Environment

WordPressI code on a MacBook where there are many ways to set up your local WordPress development environment. I’ve used really simple solutions like MAMP as well as really robust and setups like Vagrant with VVV. I have recently enjoyed the simplicity of this new setup using Homebrew to install a LAMP stack that, once setup, you never have to touch again to create new development sites. The key is dynamic virtual hosts!
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How To Use StepObjects in Cest Classes

CodeceptionI encourage you to look at Codeception for writing automated tests for your PHP apps. Codeception has support for unit tests like you’d write with PHPUnit. In fact, Codeception uses PHPUnit under the hood to run unit tests. Codeception also has support for functional and acceptance tests. Here is a tip that took me over an hour of reading the Codeception source code to figure out. Hopefully this will save you some time if you want to use StepObjects in your Cest files.

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Unit Testing WordPress Plugins

 

WordPressIf you are developing a WordPress plugin, t is a very good idea to write some automated tests for it. Pound is a light weight WordPress plugin that has makes it easy to get started with testing. The main point was to help plugin developers test more easily and more frequently. This is an overview and tutorial for using Pound to unit testing WordPress plugins.

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