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

CodeceptionCodeception can be used to write automated tests for PHP apps 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, it good idea to write some automated tests for it. Pound is a light weight WordPress plugin that will run tests you write for your own plugin.  It’s not a framework or library and introduces no dependencies for your plugin. It just runs tests that your write for your own plugin without all the overhead of PHPUnit.

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Sublime Text 2 Commands For Mac

sublime-text-logoSublime Text 2 is a really nice text editor with a lot of power behind it. It also has a “Vintage” mode for folks who fancy vim, such as myself. I also happen to enjoy exploring new software, especially text editors, and Sublime Text 2 is my current favorite text editor. The only majorly annoying thing about Sublime Text 2 is the way it handles word wrapping. Periods (.) can sometimes wrap to the next line making it look like you have a mistake in your writing. This is only a problem when writing paragraphs, like in Markdown for blog posts.
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