If you're one of those PHP programmers who tends to be finicky about your tooling, you may be missing out on some testing and debugging utilities that can make your life much easier . PHP developers actually have a wide-ranging array of tools to choose from when it comes to testing and debugging. In his PHPBuilder article 10 Productive PHP Tools for Testing and Debugging, Jason Gilmore highlights 10 testing and debugging tools that he has found most productive. He writes:
I've been focusing on productivity enhancement, because the true measure of productivity is based not on the amount of code written in any given day, but rather on the amount of code written that we know will function as expected. Tools such as PHPUnit and FirePHP can go a very long way towards helping you make this determination.
In addition to well-known tools such as PHPUnit and FirePHP, Jason lists some useful tools -- including a couple based on Ruby and another for online usability testing -- that may be under the radar to many PHP developers.