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If you work both in a terminal and on a Mac, then you’re likely familiar with the Xcode Command Line Tools (and the necessary utilities they provide for things like Git, building front-end assets, etc.).
If you’re not familiar, here’s the gist:
[Command Line Tools] enables UNIX-style development via Terminal by installing command line developer tools, as well ass macOS SDK frameworks and headers. Many useful tools are included such as the Apple eLLVM compiler, linker, and Make.
macOS is still shipping with PHP (though how this looks for future versions of the OS is likely going to change in some way.).
Anyway, imagine you’re in a situation where you’re working on a project that requires three different components:
A set of coding standards,
PHP CodeSniffer that work with said coding standards,
The inability to properly see results of sniffing the code either in your terminal or your IDE.
When this happens, this is almost always a result of a version of PHP, the version of the various dependencies, and making sure they all play well together.
In short, it’s about making sure the tools like PHP CodeSniffer work well with the same version of PHP you have installed. And in this case, the latest and greatest isn’t necessarily the best course of action.
It is, however, close. And in the following steps, you should be able to get everything working exactly as needed for your specific set up.
The longer I’ve kept this post in draft, the more work I’ve been doing to try to edit it to make it sound better than it actually does. And one of the things I dislike about blogging for myself, at least, is when I spend too much time trying to write something that doesn’t really sound like me.
And that’s what this post is in danger of becoming. So forget about it. For the sake of hitting publish, I’m going to share what I have and then go with it. No perfect time like the present to hit publish, I suppose.
Okay, Let’s Go
A couple of weeks ago, I came across the phrase “unalloyed benefit” when reading this post:
No half measures here; ditch your habits without abandon and only add back in the things that contribute an unalloyed benefit to your life.
“Unalloyed benefit,” I thought. And kept thinking. That sounds good. I want that (or at least to aim for that). But here’s the self-deprecating truth: I’d never read those two words together.
Unalloyed: Complete; unqualified.
Benefit: Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage.
But let me back up for a moment: It’s been a long time – in Internet time, at least – since I’ve written anything here. That’s a bummer for me because it’s something I really enjoy doing.
Further, it’s been a while since I’ve written a a long-form post. Granted, I try not to do that since it either comes off as rambling, too long, or not as interesting. And maybe this is going to be the same or maybe this is the exception or maybe it’s one of those Schrödinger’s posts where it’s both – its state just depends on who you are.
Further, I was going to publish this in September but there’s no real compelling reason to do so. So here it is.
But it’s been four years since that post was originally written and, in that time, a lot can change in terms of how we write code.
Four years is roughly an Internet Age, isn’t it?
Anyway, the basic points of that article still stand, but if you’re working on a variety of projects and some of them require different configurations, settings, and standards, then the way you go about installing and configuring PHP CodeSniffer may be different than how you configure it on a system-level.
So if you’re in that position, here’s how you can configure PHP CodeSniffer on a per project basis using Visual Studio Code.