News Feed
Sections




News Archive
Looking for more information on how to do PHP the right way? Check out PHP: The Right Way

Nikita Popov:
Are PHP developers functophobic?
August 13, 2012 @ 12:58:25

In his most recent post Nikita Popov asks if PHP developers are functophobic - that, in some of his experience, they don't like to use functions.

Now, that was overly general, so let me clarify: PHP developers who have reached a certain degree of sophistication basically stop using plain functions - instead everything goes all classes and methods. At least that's the observation I made when looking at various open-source libraries and frameworks. The only type of function you'll find in any of the "high-quality" libs are anonymous functions. But that's pretty much it.

He shares concern that this "anti-function" approach can cause some bad practices to come up, specifically when developers try to force things into OOP that don't need to be there. He suggests that "helper functions" are a perfect example of individual functions that might not need to go in a class. He notes that, unlike in other languages (like Python), PHP development tends to follow the "one class, one file" route. He wonders if a shift from this method and more to a "module" approach (a more "compact" method) could be a good thing.

0 comments voice your opinion now!
function functophobic opinion class module file


blog comments powered by Disqus

Similar Posts

Zend Developer Zone: Using GnuPG with PHP

Volker Dusch's Blog: How i judge frameworks - Or: Let me code in peace

Stephan Hochdörfer: Controller classes vs. Action classes

Tobias Schlitt's Blog: Taint mode for PHP?

Brandon Savage's Blog: Why Great Development Tools Donít Seem To Be Written In PHP


Community Events





Don't see your event here?
Let us know!


threedevsandamaybe experience unittest opinion series framework code introduction testing podcast community install symfony2 developer interview language list laravel release refactor

All content copyright, 2014 PHPDeveloper.org :: info@phpdeveloper.org - Powered by the Solar PHP Framework