On Sat, Jan 5, 2013 at 12:48 AM, Karl DeSaulniers <k...@designdrumm.com> wrote:
> On Jan 4, 2013, at 8:00 PM, tamouse mailing lists wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM, Matt Pelmear <mjpelm...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 01/04/2013 01:40 PM, tamouse mailing lists wrote:
>>>> One should be able to solve parsing problems without resorting to using
>>>> a
>>>> web server. Every time I save a php file, I have my editor set to run it
>>>> through php -l. Saves lots of angst when I get to the web testing stage.
>>> This is a good idea in general. It's also a good trick to check for this
>>> problem from the command line when suspecting a parse problem. Most IDEs
>>> will make parse errors very obvious while you are editing the file, too.
>>> Unfortunately not all members of any given development team can be relied
>>> upon to test things in this way before committing ;)
>> Committing a syntax error which breaks integration is a HUGE HUGE NO
>> NO. Such a person would likely be cast from a dev team, or relegated
>> to some more benign task.
> For those of us who have no idea of what you speak,
> can you elaborate so as we don't make that mistake?
> Or are you just talking about submitting a file to production without
> testing it?

Not necessarily directly to production, but the beginning of the
stream that will take something from development, through testing,
staging, and finally into production. The initial point where you
merge things is generally shared by all developers on a project, and
to break it means you are breaking things for everyone on your team.

Note this applies to mulitperson projects; if you do this to yourself
on your solo project, not so much of a problem.

> I personally have not used command line. It is new to me, but sounds
> integral.
> Where can one study its use?

You can start with:


As for telling your editor to pass the file through php -l, that's
something that is extremely editor specific. I can tell how it's done
in Emacs, TextMate and Sublime Text 2, but naught else. Using a
full-fledged IDE such as Eclipse or PHPStorm will automatigically flag
syntax problems.

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