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  • Database Tests With PHPUnit

    by Tobias Schlitt on Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:11:42 +0200

    Most of us do not use PHPUnit solely for Unit Tests but we also write Integration or Acceptance Tests with PHPUnit. One very common question then is how to interact with the database correctly in those tests. Let me show you the different options and their trade offs…

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  • Introduction To Page Objects

    by Manuel Pichler on Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:19:41 +0200

    A while ago we wrote about writing acceptance tests (end-to-end tests) with Mink and PHPUnit. While this is a great set of tools for various applications such tests tend be susceptible to changes in the frontend. And the way they break is often hard to debug, too. Today I will introduce you to Page Objects which can solve some of these problems.

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  • Scaling Constraints of Languages

    by Kore Nordmann on Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:45:07 +0200

    Micro-Services or any set of small services are common again right now. While it can make a lot of sense to use a dedicated service for a well defined problem those services are sometimes used just to play with a different server software. While it is pretty obvious for most that selecting the right database is important the same is true for selecting the right language (virtual machine) for the job.There are different types of services or server applications where different types of virtual machines (executing the opcodes / bytecode of the compiled source code) make more or less sense. What are the criteria we should base such a decision on and which language should we choose when?

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  • Outside-In Testing and the Adapter and Facade Patterns

    by Benjamin Eberlei on Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:59:09 +0200

    Outside-In Testing benefits a lot from the facade and adapter patterns, which will separate your code from third-party libraries and simplify the APIs of your system.

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  • How To Synchronize a Database With ElasticSearch?

    by Kore Nordmann on Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:35:21 +0200

    Since search engines like Apache Solr and ElasticSearch are easy to use and setup more and more applications are using them to index their content and make it searchable by the user. After all the underlying Lucene index engine provides far more powerful features then a plain MySQL full text search or similar solutions. With Apache Solr and ElasticSearch you can enhance the performance and the functionality of your website. What we often stumble across, though, is the naiive approach of synchronizing both data storages which tends to fail in multiple ways. Let me show how you can fix this.

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  • How To Refactor Without Breaking Things

    by Tobias Schlitt on Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:46:18 +0200

    Refactoring means to change the structure of your code without changing its behavior. Refactoring is an essential part of everyday programming and should become knee-jerk for your whole development team. It is very helpful to cleanup feature spikes, revise earlier decisions and keep a maintainable code base in the long run. In a perfect project world - with extensive automated tests of various types - this is just a matter of getting used to. But there are only very few such projects, so getting into proper refactoring is much harder. This article will show you important tips to master this challenge with your team.

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  • When To Abstract

    by Kore Nordmann on Tue, 17 May 2016 12:30:54 +0200

    One of the most difficult challenges in a developers life is finding the "right" abstraction, or at least the best one given the current circumstances. The core problem is that abstraction is a bet on the future development of the software and we know that future is volatile. The circumstances will change, so will the view on the best abstraction change.

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  • Never Use null

    by Kore Nordmann on Tue, 03 May 2016 08:58:13 +0200

    When doing code reviews together with our customers we see a pattern regularly which I consider problematic in multiple regards – the usage of null as a valid property or return value. We can do better than this.

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  • Common Bottlenecks in Performance Tests

    by Kore Nordmann on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:16:27 +0200

    Most developers by now internalized that we should not invest time in optimizations before we know what happens exactly. This is true for optimizations in your PHP code but also for optimizations regarding your infrastructure. We should measure before we try to optimize and waste time. How can this be done?

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  • Using Mink in PHPUnit

    by Benjamin Eberlei on Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:06:36 +0200

    Another day for a short PHPUnit trick. If you want to use PHPunit to control a browser for functional or acceptence tests, then you can easily do this using the Mink library. Mink is well known from the Behat community to facilitate Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD), but it is a standalone library that can be used with PHPUnit just as easily.

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