24.12. PHP and the Lean Startup

About ten years ago there was a rumour. If you want to get things done, and if you want to get them done fast, go for PHP. Yes, it’s been like a badly done perl ripoff with even worse object orientation and inconsistent apis, but somehow the people creating in software in PHP were able to deliver. And they were able to deliver fast, open for changes in the last 24 hours and they fixed bugs in production fast. From a software engineering professionals point of view this sounded risky, unprofessional and dangerous. This could only lead to crappy code. A proper software engineer would never use this language, and he won’t ever accept changes in the last minute nor work with a customer that does not know exactly what he wants.


22.12. Zend Framework und BackboneJs

Dieser Blogartikel soll zeigen, wie schnell und unproblematisch es sein kann, eine einfache Applikation mit BackboneJs und Zend Framework umzusetzen.
Als konkretes Beispiel wird hier eine Applikation zur Verwaltung von Adressen verwendet. Mit dieser Anwendung soll das Zusammenspiel verschiedener Komponenten wie Datenbank, Service Layer mit Zend Framework und Applikations Layer in BackboneJs veranschaulicht werden.

BackboneJs gibt als Kommunikationsinfrastruktur zum Backend REST vor. Aus diesem Grund soll in einem ersten Schritt Zend Framework so konfiguriert werden, dass es RESTful mit dem Frontend kommunizieren kann. Im nächsten Schritt wird die Applikationslogik seitens PHP umgesetzt und somit die konkrete Schnittstelle zum Frontend definiert. Aufbauend auf dieser Schnittstelle wird das Frontend umgesetzt.


21.12. Agile Developer Skills (ADS)

Last week I had the chance to attend an Agile Developer Skills Workshop in Berlin.

The 3 day workshop is, next to a Scrum Master or PO Certification, a prerequisite for the Certified Scrum Developer, short CSD.

I was very excited about the ADS workshop and I found it an intersting approach to hold a workshop which focusses on developers rather than on the management side of scrum. Especially as in my experience all the other scrum workshops mainly concentrate on the rituals, artefacts and organisation of Scrum, without giving answers on how to develop high quality software.


20.12. JSHint – das bessere JSLint?

JSHint ist ein JSLint Fork von Anton Kovalyov. Dieser hat zwar nicht das Standardwerk der JavaScript-Welt „JavaScript – The Good Parts“ geschrieben, dennoch kritisiert er Crockford’s jslint, das in dem Buch ein eigenes Kapitel bekommen hat, pointiert mit:

JSHint is a fork of Douglas Crockford’s JSLint that does not tyrannize your code. It is
designed to detect errors that actually break your code while skipping things that, according
to Crockford, “are known to contribute mistakes in projects”. In other words, JSHint is a
fork of JSLint for the real world. The most important difference is that JSHint is developed
and supported by the JavaScript developer community and not by one very opinionated person.


19.12. Test Driven JavaScript Development

A couple of weeks ago, I was attending a three-day workshop for agile developer skills. The workshop was split into five topics: Colaboration, Refactoring, Design & Architecture, Continious Integration and Test Driven Development. Especially the session about Test Driven Development was very interesting. Although I know the principles of TDD I was really impressed by the demonstration of solving a simple exercise (a coding kata) done in Java by the instructors of the workshop. It was not so much the coding in Java that was interesting for me, it was the combination of writing a test, executing the test with a shortcut from the IDE, see the test fail, write the implementation and re-start the test again within the IDE. You will say “that´s test driven development- it´s nothing new!” and you are right! But is there a way to do Test Driven Development in the same way for JavaScript? I mean writing a test, execute the tests with a shortcut from the IDE, see the test fail, implement the method and re-start the test? Yes, there is a way! So let me show you what I have done to do the same coding kata (called Fizzbuzz) with JavaScript.


17.12. Zend Framework (1) vs. Symfony2

In this article, I want to highlight some differences between the two PHP frameworks that have been the most popular ones at the time of writing.
Zend Framework (ZF) is currently a quasi-standard in many PHP companies and Symony2’s popularity is constantly increasing. Symfony2 is pretty new now and many developers are thinking about if and when to make the switch from ZF to Symfony2 which is why I think we should spend time looking at the frameworks‘ differences.

I selected three topics that are implemented differently in these frameworks and will describe how each of them does it.


16.12. Eine Einführung in Behavior Driven Development

Testdriven Development, also das Schreiben eines oder mehrerer Tests bevor der eigentliche Code entsteht, ist inzwischen ein alter Hut.
Ein großer Nachteil dieses Verfahrens ist, dass im agilen Umfeld die User Stories erst verstanden werden müssen.
Wenn die Story aber falsch verstanden wurde, dann wird auch der Test falsch implementiert.
Knackpunkt ist also immer noch der Abgrund zwischen Analyse und Verdeutlichung der Geschäftsprozesse sowie dem korrekten Erfassen und testen eben jener.
Eine Lösung hierfür soll Behavior Driven Development – kurz BDD – bieten.


15.12. Using custom annotations in PHP

When developing enterprise software one should always keep an eye on writing code that is easily maintainable, testable and extendable. Design patterns already propose a way to implement a loosely coupled architecture. With annotations you can take a step forward to make your code look even more expressive, focusing on the primary problem instead of writing a lot of boilerplate code. A single comment line can save you many more lines of code but as it is written in the project’s domain language it will be much more meaningful to the developer. Weiterlesen