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Four Sane Solutions for PHP Debugging

Nov 04, 2010, 19:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Gilmore)

"Few tasks are more tedious and frustrating than debugging a Web application. Over the years, the difficulty in doing so has grown along with the integration of increasingly complex databases, elaborate user authentication and privilege management solutions, and third-party Web services. Yet many PHP developers continue to rely upon debugging strategies that didn't work particularly well a decade ago, let alone now. While inserting echo statements into code in order to inspect variable data may serve to provide one with a sense of immediate gratification, the reality is that this approach is highly inefficient.

"Fortunately, PHP developers have a number of powerful debugging solutions at their disposal. Whether you're merely inspecting array contents or attempting to determine the status of an Ajax-driven POST response, these four solutions are guaranteed to have an immediate impact on your productivity.

"1. Configuring PHP's Error Sensitivity and Reporting"

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