While it is almost certain that you read this book to learn the PHP programming language, I believe that there is a lot more to learning a language than just memorising its syntax and functions. For example, learning to program to a fixed style means your code will be easier to maintain by yourself and by others, and learning to debug properly means your code will have fewer bugs and you will have fewer headaches.
This chapter is designed to fill you in on the practical aspects of being a PHP programmer, and should hopefully make your programming life easier, as well as help you find and solve problems with the minimum of fuss.
The topics covered in this chapter are:
How to analyse your system requirements
Using a development tool to help you code
File layout schemes and group development
Documentation and testing
Distribution your code and licensing your work
How to debug your scripts
Troubleshooting hints and tips
Where to get help if you still have a problem
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