Five tools for better PHP

Taking a look beyond the code of our web applications and into some of the tools that make development process for LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) slick and painless

When we work on our applications, whatever our language of choice, sometimes we can focus too much on the code itself. A really good development lifecycle is about so much more than the code, it brings in a selection of supporting tools to ensure quality and reliability of the application, both as a standalone entity and as a living thing when it is deployed. To that end, this article looks at five tools to make for better PHP applications: PHP Code Sniffer, PHP Documentor, Supervisord, Phing and Uptime Robot to keep an eye on your delightfully robust and newly-deployed site.

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