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Zendcon 2008 Knight Rider

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As all children of the 80's know, Knight Rider was a story about an otherwise 'normal' law enforcement officer who through the use of Technology (KITT) become an unstoppable machine. In this talk find out how programmers should be using technology/tools to make themselves better and more productive.

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Zendcon 2008 Knight Rider

  1. 1. The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White http://eliw.com/
  2. 2. Knight Coder “A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who uses tools & technologies to make better coders.” The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  3. 3. Guidelines for this talk These are suggestions I won't mention all options Use what makes YOU better ... experiment The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  4. 4. Editor Most important piece of technology! Good Features: Code completion & Tool tips Regular expression search & replace Context sensitive highlighting Extensibility The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  5. 5. Editor The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  6. 6. Profiler Discover where you need to optimize The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  7. 7. Profiler valgrind / callgrind xdebug kcachegrind APD The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  8. 8. Load Tester Stress your code See at what point it breaks Document benchmarks to test improvement The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  9. 9. Load Tester http_load siege Apache Bench The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  10. 10. Performance Tools Use technologies that make performance easy The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  11. 11. Performance Tools APC – Instant Performance & Caching Memcached – Distributed Caching Gearman – Parallel & Batch Processing The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  12. 12. Libraries Don't reinvent the wheel! Use other coders' time as your own Know when to walk away though The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  13. 13. Libraries PHP: YUI JS: The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  14. 14. Debugger Code is never perfect the first time Use technology to help you find the problems The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  15. 15. Debugger Zend Studio APD WARNING: Maybe not so easy! The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  16. 16. Debugger Don't Forget: echo '<pre>'; var_dump($var); echo '</pre>'; The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  17. 17. Debugger Web Developer Toolbar The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  18. 18. Test Suites Tests are great Tests keep your code running Make writing tests easy for yourself The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  19. 19. Test Suites PHPT Selenium The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  20. 20. Multi-Tier Servers Have multiple servers with different purposes Control the flow of development & testing Not always separate machines The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  21. 21. Multi-Tier Servers Development Initial independent work by programmers Integration Making sure all previous work plays well together Testing Running unit & regression tests Staging As true to production as possible for final tests Production It's live and hopefully working The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  22. 22. PHP Error Reporting E_ALL & E_STRICT It is your friend. 'Nuff said. The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  23. 23. Version Control Just do it! So many benefits: Recovering from mistakes Integrating code from multiple sources Concurrent work streams Finding old code Assigning blame The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  24. 24. Version Control CVS The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  25. 25. Lint Automatically find broken or suspicious code Hook into version control for total protection The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  26. 26. Lint php -l Language syntax only PHPLint Strict, Simple code required, Type validation The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  27. 27. CodeSniffer Coding standards are important for teams > 1 CodeSniffer will ensure compliance Hook into version control The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  28. 28. GUIs Yes I said GUIs Use them to make complicated tasks easy DB maintenance, Version Control, etc The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  29. 29. GUIs DB: Aqua Data Studio MySQL Workbench Version Control: The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  30. 30. Little Things Don't underestimate the power of: rsync grep find sed cut The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  31. 31. Hardware Hardware is your friend Much cheaper than people Make sure you acquire anything that will help The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  32. 32. Hardware The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  33. 33. Social Networking Make contacts You are at the best place for that right now Stay in touch The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  34. 34. Social Networking The Knight Rider Methodology to Software Development Eli White - ZendCon 08 - 9/16/2008
  35. 35. Any Questions? For this presentation & more: http://eliw.com/

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