Effective code review with two simple rules

Code reviews are quickly becoming an industry standard practice for improving software quality. Open source workflows slowly become business best practices as businesses start to appreciate the costs of technical »

Semantic method naming

Correctly naming things is the most difficult programming task (besides other documentation tasks). However, this is only because we often afford these tasks insufficient consideration. As with most things, the »

Embracing coercion in PHP

Coercion is implicit typecasting for scalar types (integer, float, boolean and string). In this article we look at how we can use coercion as an elegant alternative to explicit typecasting »

Ideal regex delimiters in PHP

We want to find regular expression delimiters that enable us to avoid inserting additional escape sequences into our patterns. This is ideal when we want to inject foreign patterns where »

New PHP 5 syntax reference

We briefly review the major new PHP language syntax introduced in each version since 5.3 – the version that birthed the features that paved the way for the prevailing »

Array merging in PHP

Correctly merging two arrays into a single array requires thinking about the type of data we have. Is our data flat or does it contain nested arrays? What should happen »