Review: Codelobster PHP Edition



I recently had the chance to take a look at the professional version of Codelobster PHP Edition. For those who may not know it: Codelobster is an IDE specialized on PHP development. Since HTML, CSS and JS are mostly always  needed when working with PHP it also includes good support for them.

The IDE is available in two different versions a free one and a professional one. While the free version features mostly everything one might know from other IDEs, the professional version has some neat support for the most famous PHP CMSs (Drupal, Joomla and WordPress), Frameworks (Symfony, CakePHP, CodeIgniter, facebook API, yii framework, smarty), jQuery and an SQL Manager to make the developers life even more easier, than by just using those frameworks.

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PHPUnit: use different dataset on every test in a testcase

PHPUnit offers the possibility to perform tests based in database fixtures. The common way is like described in the PHPUnit documentation.

But what if you just want to have a small and different dataset on every test?
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Convert phpmyadmin to phpunit xml format

It is always a pain to create datasets for testing. I know the code should make it possible to test without using the database, but this is not always the case. Phpmyadmin offers a good possibility to create datasets by exporting the needed data from a database. The problem here is that the exported format does not match the format needed for phpunit. After digging a while in the net I found out, that there are converters to do this, but they are for older versions of phpmyadmin. Since version 3.3.0 they changed their xml format.

So I decided to create my own converter:

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PHP MySQL Chaining

In my last article I wrote about the new Lambda functions of PHP 5.3. Today I will talk about another cool feature. Since PHP version 5.3 it is possible to let functions return objects. This makes chaining like in JavaScript possible.
It is fairly simple: the function just has to return $this in the end and the next function can be added via ->.
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PHP Lambda Functions – Anonymous JS-like functions in PHP

PHP 5.3 brought some new interesting stuff, I know its out for a while, but I recently started to love this new functionality. Lambda functions are anonymous functions knows as closures and they are really similar to the closures in JavaScript.

The difference from JS is that variables in the closure don’t have access to variables from outside the function, unless they are brought into the closure by using the “use” keyword.
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Week Calculation in PHP

Working with Dates is always a problem. PHP just has a limited ability to work properly with dates, some things are not so easy too find. The PEAR Library offers a good amound of possibilities to work with dates, but the price is a massive loss of speed.

After searching a while I found 3 useful functions to work with weeks. Which I adapted to my needs.

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