Smart web developers will tell you that the sooner you detect your code mistakes, the quicker you can fix them, and the less the project will cost in the long run. Well, the most efficient way to detect your mistakes in PHP is with PHPUnit, an open source framework that automates unit testing by running a battery of tests as you go. The benefits of PHPUnit are significant:
a reduction in the effort required to frequently test code
fewer overall defects
added confidence in your code
improved relations with your open source teammates
The only problem with this popular testing tool was its lack of documentation-until now, that is. For this, O'Reilly went right to the source, as Sebastian Bergmann, the author of PHPUnit Pocket Guide, also happens to be PHPUnit's creator. This little book brings together hard-to-remember information, syntax, and rules for working with PHPUnit. It also delivers the insight and sage advice that can only come from the technology's creator. Coverage of testing under agile methodologies and Extreme Programming (XP) is also included.
The latest in O'Reilly's series of handy Pocket Guides, this quick-reference book puts all the answers are right at your fingertips. It's an invaluable companion for anyone interested in testing the PHP code they write for web applications.
Chapter 1 Introduction
This Book Is Free
Conventions Used in This Book
How to Contact Us
Chapter 2 Automating Tests
Chapter 3 PHPUnit's Goals
Chapter 4 Installing PHPUnit
Chapter 5 The Command-Line Test Runner
Chapter 6 Fixtures
More setUp( ) than tearDown( )
Chapter 7 Testing Exceptions and Performance Regressions
Sebastian Bergmann studies Computer Science at the University of Bonn in Germany . and spends his free time developing Free Software. A member of the PHP and Gentoo Linux development teams and author of a variety of PHP software projects, including PHPUnit and phpOpenTracker, he writes for both print and online media and is a frequent speaker at conferences. In January 2005, Sebastian published his first book ("Professionelle Softwareentwicklung mit PHP 5"5") with the German dpunkt.verlag GmbH.