5 PHP Quality Assurance Tools You Must Check Out

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“Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right.” – Jack Canfield

You may be a pro-programmer but mistakes happen. While programming in any language, errors are bound to happen and the real challenge lies in dealing with it, isn’t it? In case of PHP, a lot of ugly and complicated code errors can arise as it is a very easy-going language. So testing code becomes mandatory but a good programmer never lets go of its codes unless he/she tests them.

The reason PHP is the most favored language is that it comes with every comfort, every solution, a programmer needs. The bunch of PHP testing tools can give you a tough time while choosing since all are equally worth picking up. To cut short your confusion, I’ve listed here my personal 5 favorite PHP Quality Assurance Tools. Check it out!

PHPUnit

Created by Sebastian Bergmann in 2004, PHPUnit is one of the popular frameworks for testing. It is designed in such a way that it can detect bugs in the code quickly and easily. Through its specific units, you can make sure everything is tested correctly. Moreover, the test cases developed in it can be reused and only requires an initial setup.

Atoum

This testing framework of PHP is quick, reliable and efficient and it uses techniques like test isolation and parallelization, thus ensuring better performance. Atoum tests are very readable with expressive method names and chaining. You can effortlessly develop test mockups and integrate them into the PHP system in no time.

Selenium

Apt for browser testing, the main purpose of this testing tool is acceptance testing and integration testing. Selenium testing tool is easy to setup and supports almost all of the available browsers out there. The best thing about it is that it can transform the tests into browser API commands and assert the expected results.

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Dusk

An automated testing tool from Laravel, Dusk can be used as standalone (with chrome driver) or with Selenium. It has an easy to use API and covers all the testing possibilities like waiting for elements, file upload, mouse control, etc.

Kahlan

A fully-featured Unit & BDD test framework, Kahlan supports stubbing and mocking out of the box with no dependencies, code coverage, reporting, etc. It is extensible and has a customizable workflow. It will allow you to write tests and gather code coverage faster.

Final thoughts

No matter how confident you are about your codes, there is nothing wrong in testing it before the final show. Hope this article might have cast some light on the PHP testing tools. Do share which one you find best among these or any other you think is better than above all on our Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin pages.