Magento PhpStorm Plugin is an extremely useful plugin for the PhpStorm IDE, the most common working environment for Magento developers. The plugin reduces the time for application development as well as improves its quality.
It has been almost a year since we resumed work on Adobe’s Magento PhpStorm plugin. It’s fair to say that balancing merchant work with open source project contribution is not done easily. Especially during the build-up to the holiday season, when all of our client businesses ramp up their online eCommerce plans – requesting that agencies like Atwix ramp up development efforts, as well.
We all have 24 hours in a day, right? Kidding aside, with all the community’s interest, passion and motivation aligned, and now on the other side of the holiday sprint season, there is a clear need and now some time to re-commit effort to this critical community engineering project. And critical this project is! The number of people using this plugin defies the imagination. There were more than 70,000 downloads in November 2020. Almost every Magento developer is affected.
If you develop OroCRM applications, you know that you develop Symfony applications. And you can improve your efficiency by using a good integrated development environment (IDE) and some additional tools. We use PhpStorm in development, which is a JetBrains product (maybe the best of the IDEs), and we also use a great tool – Symfony Plugin.
In order to have a good and maintainable application, it’s very important to have a high quality product code. The code quality usually depends on the developer’s professionalism. But among the thousands lines of code something might be missed. Fortunately, there are few small but very useful utilities that can automate some routines and help you check the code using different rules for different coding standards. In PHP development there are two popular utilities for code validation: Code Sniffer and Mess Detector.