After running multiple online businesses, here is a nice summary of things things that have worked well, things that haven’t worked so well, and tools we have used. I had a great time catching up with my friends at WordCamp Raleigh. Here’s a recording of my presentation.
I got a SanDisk Clip Sport the other day and became exceedingly vexed by my inability to get an ordered playlist working. I’m using Ubuntu, and here’s the secret that finally got things going.
I’ve been using Ubuntu on my laptop for the past few weeks and have found a few handy tips for flinging windows around. Here are a few keyboard shortcuts as well as some custom little commands that use wmctrl to do some custom window sizes and locations.
The Network Manager in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS uses dnsmasq already. This makes it easy to set up a development domain to always return your localhost IP address. That way you can route *.dev to always return 127.0.0.1. Here’s what you need to do.
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.
I 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!
I 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.
You may have read that using the short echo tag ( <?= ) should be avoided, especially for WordPress development. The convenience is really nice though, so here’s a quick summary of when you can safely use it in your code.
If 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.
Last week we talked about application shelf life an aspect of PHP development that often goes overlooked. This week let’s talk about how the web development framework you use contributes to the shelf life of your app and the profitability of your web application.
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