Hi peter...

Wow!! That's a heck lot of info for me to digest! Thank you so much for all
that trouble!

Very useful stuffs... can't thank you enuff...

Wee Keat

"Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger
the trees."

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter J. Schoenster" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: 31 July, 2002 2:40 PM
Subject: RE: [PHP] How to become a good PHP coder?

> On 31 Jul 2002 at 11:38, Martin Towell wrote:
> > The best way to become proficient in programming (or anything, come to
> > that) is with _lots_ of practice.
> ...snip
> > Personally, I don't bog myself down in code from the start. I think in
> > sorta pseudo-code, then once I have a solution, I then implement in
> > language-specific code.
> I whole-heartedly agree with the above.
> It's all to easy to just start spinning out code and weaving things
together and before you know it you've got something. But then come the
> inevitable changes, how will your code handle it?
> I would suggest reading some Steve McConnell.
> That's the author's affiliate id, doesn't hurt to help them make more
money. It links to "Code Complete". As one reviewer says:
> > Code Complete showed me that it's a lot more than that, beginning by
> > designing your program, not just starting to write code right away, up
> > to topics like naming conventions for variables, how to determine what
> > code to put into a routine or how to make your program easier to debug.
> I cannot emphsize enough to follow some sort of standard. At least to read
through the standard once.
> http://pear.php.net/manual/en/standards.php
> Pragmatic Programmer is also quite good:
> Anyone with 3/4 a brain can throw together some code to do something.
You've got thousands of examples and you might stumble across
> some of mine. It is another thing entirely to write code that will form a
basis for evolution. The web is all about evolution. We always have to get
> the latest project done yesterday and then before we've even tested it
we've got changes coming in ... thinking about what you are going to do
> and how you are going to grow it and test it are very important.
> Peter
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