In a new post to his site Tomas Votruba takes the opposite approach to writing good code by sharing bad examples in the form of fourteen tips to write bad code, practices that can make code hard to upgrade and difficult to maintain.
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He then goes through his list of poor practices to avoid including:
- Use protected instead of private
- Use Non-String Method Names
- Don't Always use PSR-4
- Hide Your Dependencies in Constructor
- Use Annotations to Define Magic Methods
- Use Traits with Annotations to Define Magic Methods
- Use as Short Naming as Possible
...and many more. For each item in the list sample code is provided so you'll know exactly what to avoid.