Writing PHP with Emacs
Writing PHP with Emacs
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Writing PHP with Emacs

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Last updated on 2020-05-23

About the Book

Important: This book is a work-in-progress.

My aim is for the book to teach you how to take a brand new Emacs installation and turn it into something tailored just for you. The planned list of content for the book looks a little like this:

Part 1 - Essential Packages

  • Using php-mode
  • Installation
  • First Steps
  • Useful shortcuts (for navigation, viewing documentation and editing code)
  • Customization - indentation and coding styles
  • Customization - documentation lookup
  • Customization - Using TAGS files
  • Evaluating inline code using php-send-region
  • Using web-mode
  • Installation
  • First steps
  • Useful shortcuts
  • Customization - indentation
  • Explanation and examples of all shortcuts

Part 2 - Getting More out of Emacs

  • Checking syntax (and more) with flycheck
  • Navigating projects using projectile
  • Using lsp-mode

Part 3 - Recipes

  • Setting per-project settings using .dir-locals.el
  • Generating code quickly with emmet
  • Looking up documentation with dash
  • Adding a project sidebar using dired-sidebar

Future versions will also include recipes for setting up Emacs to work with some common PHP applications. The current list is WordPress, Drupal 7, Drupal8 and Symfony.

About the Author

Phil Newton
Phil Newton

I am a freelance software developer living in beautiful North Carolina. The majority of my work involves building and maintaining custom PHP web applications, although I also spend a lot of time developing for WordPress and Drupal. For personal projects I like to mix things up and use a variety of languages from Ruby to Common Lisp.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • What this book is working towards
    • The structure of this book
    • Conventions
    • Learning more about Emacs
  • Part I: Essential Packages
  • php-mode
    • Overview
    • Installation
    • First Steps
    • Useful Shortcuts
    • Customizing - Indentation and Coding Styles
    • Customization - PHP Documentation Lookup
    • Evaluating PHP code
    • Running the built-in server
  • Credits
  • Notes

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