Xdebug will make you a better programmer


There are two epochs in my life as a PHP developer: pre-Xdebug and post-Xdebug. Before I actually¬†used Xdebug, I relied on var_dump() and my wit alone to navigate through my troubleshooting and debugging processes. I thought that Xdebug merely provided a fancy display for var_dump()‘d code… and who needs that? Needless to say, Xdebug provides far more than just fancy markup for dumped variables; and it didn’t take long (though longer than I would have liked) in my growth as a developer to understand its true value. This post is for those PHP developers out there who either have little-to-no …

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