George Larson wrote:
On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 8:23 AM, Shawn McKenzie <>wrote:

Bob McConnell wrote:
From: Michael A. Peters
Angus Mann wrote:
Hi all, I'm fairly new to PHP so I don't have too many bad habits
I'm keen to make my code easy to read for me in the future, and for
others as well.

Are there any rules or advice I can use for formatting (especially
indenting) code?

for example how best to format / indent this ?

To each his own. Whatever floats your canoe.
Just whatever you pick, stick to it throughout your code.
I'm using "PHP designer 2008" which does syntax coloring but if it
something to automatically indent - I haven't found it yet.
It probably allows you to either set a specify a tab as a real tab or
specified number of spaces. Auto-indenting - this isn't python, the
compiler doesn't enforce it's way, you follow the convention of the
project you are working on - so I suspect many php editors tailored to
php don't have an auto indent.

I've never of course tried that specific product. I use bluefish, vi,
and emacs.
To take this question a step further, is there a PHP best practices
document available? I am looking for one that I can give to a new
programmer and tell her "do it this way until you can explain to me why
you shouldn't."

Bob McConnell
There are various coding standards.  There is one for PEAR, the Zend
Framework and most frameworks/large projects that take contributions
have them.  Here's Zend:


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Being a greenhorn, I too can benefit from this thread.

Is that to say, Shawn, that you personally find this (Zend) standard as good
or better than the rest?

I actually just went through this wit ha group of people that come from all different levels and back grounds in regards to programing. Trying to decide whether to use spaces, or tabs, short hand or long hand... It took quite a bit of discussion before we arrived at an agreement...

It really didn't matter what format we used as long as we stayed consistent throughout the file. In other words, if you are going to edit a file and it uses spaces instead of tabs, use spaces....

So absolutely, develop some standards if you are going to have multiple coders working on it... But they don't have to be set by someone else...

Personally though, I go for readability it may at times take longer to write it out, but since we all type 500 words permit with 100% accuracy it won't be a problem right? ;)

And then when you go back to the code in 6 months, a year, 2 years... It's still easily read able :)

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