When web applications like basecamp started appearing, a lot of attention started turning to Ruby on Rails. Suddenly small groups of technically driven people could release powerful applications in a month or two. With this awareness, the usability standards for web applications increased and so did the technical challenges for web developers and designers. This movement sort of left php developers in the dust for a while. While CakePHP and other frameworks came to the rescue, it didn’t seem like the php community wanted to match Ruby on Rails. If anything, php has been looking to retain its strong foundations of being built upon a powerful, easy to use library and integrating new “web 2.0″ like ideas to do more than Ruby on Rails.
In this post, I will discuss 5 tips and tools that the php community has provided to speed up development time and improve code quality. These should help you out if you don’t already know them, but if you do I would like to hear what you use to speed up your development time.