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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Becoming a PHP Professional The Importance of Others
December 03, 2013 @ 09:59:37

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new post in the "Becoming a PHP Professional" series today from Bruno Skvorc. In this latest post he talks about the importance of other people in the process, including both learning (being mentored) and teaching (mentor).

When you work on improving your skills on your own, you'll often find yourself stuck. In fact, the experts frequently find themselves stuck more often than newbies, but it's the speed and skill with which they "unstick" themselves that makes them stand out in the cold, snowy field of identically unimpressive snowflakes.

He talks about having an "invisible friend" or another non-developer to talk to that may provide a different perspective (see rubber ducking). He covers teams and both the good and bad of being a part of them. He also looks at the mentoring/being mentored relationship and some places you can go to get more information about both in the PHP community. Finally, he looks at a tricky topic - ego in development and the inflation that can happen as your skill level grows.

Others around you - either digitally or in real life - can protect you from both inflation and deflation - a good mentor or colleague will tell you when you're steering wrong, and they'll motivate you when you're in a slump. They'll help you avoid the multi-month cooldown periods and the post-burnout lack of interest that eventually occurs.
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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/becoming-php-professional-importance-others/

Sameer Borate's Blog:
Importance of logging in web development
October 04, 2010 @ 12:46:02

Sameer Borate has posted some of his thoughts about logging in PHP applications and how it can be one of the most important things you do.

Software development is an exercise in managing complexity, and the more tools and methods we have at our disposal the easier it gets. One of my favorites is logging - recording important code execution points that I think are important, especially during debugging. [...] But what information does one log and what does one keep out. This usually depends on what kind of application you are developing.

He gives an example of logging on database intensive applications - storing the query execution state - complete with a simple example of an "addUser" method that logs any issues caused by the query execution. If you're not using a framework that has it's own logger, he recommends a few: KLogger, Log4PHP and the Zend_Log component of the Zend Framework (can be used separately)

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