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Reinhold Weber's Blog:
40 signs you really are a lousy PHP programmer
February 08, 2008 @ 15:23:00

Reinhold Weber has put together a list of signs (40 in all on his "programming list of shame") that you're a lousy PHP programmer. Here's a sampling:

  • don't see the need and/or benefits of a good programming IDE like Zend Studio or Eclipse PDT
  • have never used some form of version control like Subclipse
  • don't use a consistent methodology
  • don't use test-driven development
  • don't return content but echo or print it from your functions or classes
  • return HTML, not data, strings, or objects.
  • don't allow intelligent error handling
  • you think reusable software equals/requires your code to be OOP

Now granted, some of them are a bit more high level than others, but if you're not headed towards a lot of these, you might change paths, hop out of that comfort zone and branch out into the community and the language a little bit more.

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