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Write Beautiful Code (in PHP)

Location: Portland 251 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.82, 11 ratings)

In this talk, Thomson will present guidelines for writing, not just maintainable, but beautiful code. The examples given are in PHP but the principles apply in any language.

Beautiful code is important in any language, but PHP is often criticized for the frequency of ugly coding practices, and PHP programmers for being hacks. Thomson will show how elegant, working code comes from the mind of the programmer, and not from the tools.

In this session we’ll work through how to create PHP that is:

  • Simple
  • Robust and error resistant
  • Secure
  • Both scalable and performant
  • Easy to produce in a reasonable time frame
  • Maintainable, also in a reasonable time frame
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Laura Thomson

Mozilla Corporation

Laura Thomson is a Senior Software Engineer at Mozilla Corporation on the web team, after spending much of the previous decade as a consultant and trainer on various Open Source technologies.

Laura is the co-author of “PHP and MySQL Web Development” and “MySQL Tutorial”. She is a veteran speaker at Open Source conferences worldwide.

OSCON 2008