You know you need something better, but time just doesn't seem to be on your side. Making things "right" is costly and you need to deliver working code NOW.
Tests would be great but there are real deadlines to meet. You can't stop development and churn away for hours just to add tests around what you know already works.
It looks hard to use and difficult to understand. You have little-to-no experience with it and just figuring out where to start feels daunting. You're left wondering how you use it to test all this stuff you're responsible for.
You need to write solid, bug-free code, but your path is filled with manual tests and an application that breaks every time you change it.
If you already had tests, you'd probably catch bugs faster.
Your tests would tell you when a requirements change broke something.
No longer would you dread the bug reports. You'd happily make changes knowing that your safety net is there. You'd try out new features guiding yourself with tests.
You'll know exactly how to tackle your existing code.
You'll know how to drive new features with your tests.
You'll write tests that run fast and keep you moving quickly.
My name is Chris Hartjes. I'm a long-time PHP developer who has been promoting testing practices for almost a decade. I wrote "The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable PHP Applications" to show you how you can write code you can easily test. The past few years I have spoken at conferences about best practices for writing tests and been recognized as an expert on unit testing. Now, I want to help you learn to use PHPUnit to create tests that give you confidence that your code is on the right track.
My new ebook "The Grumpy Programmer's PHPUnit Cookbook" is a collection of tips and tricks for making PHPUnit do what you need it do in order to write tests for your code. With the information contained in this book you will get a jump start to make writing tests something you do effortlessly.
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