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Getting Started with phpUnderControl

in PHP added by CalEvans, on 8/3/2009 advanced tutorials continious integration phpUnderControl testing

In any decent sized project, the more times you commit code, the bigger the chance is that you will break something. Call it the law of unintended consequences or the butterfly effect, but the fact is that in complex systems, we cannot anticipate all the effects of a change. To deal with this we can either adopt the "release and pray" method of software control, or we can setup systems to help us find the consequences of our actions, so we that can correct them before they become a problem. We usually call these systems Continuous Integration systems.

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An Introduction to the Art of Unit Testing in PHP

in PHP added by CalEvans, on 4/12/2007 PHPUnit beginner tutorials simpleTest testing

Testing is an essential aspect of developing in any programming language. If you don't test your source code then how can you verify it works as expected? Manual testing can only be performed irregularly and usually only in limited ways. The answer to testing source code regularly, and in depth, is to write automated tests which can be frequently executed. In PHP such tests are usually written using a unit testing framework, a framework which allows the source code of any application or library to be tested as isolated units of functionality such as a single class or method. As unit testing has gained popularity, it has become a standard practice in PHP with libraries and frameworks such as Swiftmailer, the Zend Framework and Symfony all requiring unit test coverage of their source code.

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