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Using PHP Sniffer & Beautifier for Visual Studio Code

TL;DR: There are a few PHP Code Sniffer extensions for Visual Studio Code. The one I prefer is PHP Sniffer & Beautifier by Samuel Hilson. Here’s where to get it and how to configure it.


Though this isn’t directly related to the material I’m writing about in my series on Ray on WordPress, it’s relevant enough to share at this point because:

  • the series is only going to include more code and i use this extension for writing said code,
  • over the last few months, I’ve found this extension to be really good in comparison to others that are available.

There are some other ones out that that are really good, and I’ve used them, but this is the one I’ve settled on using.

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Installing, Configuring, and Setting Up Xdebug in Visual Studio Code

TL;DR: This is everything that needs to be done to install Xdebug with a Homebrew-based environment and to work with the software within Visual Studio Code.


Though I’ve recently become a fan of using Ray (1, 2) for much of my lightweight debugging, this doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s important to have Xdebug installed and configured in Visual Studio Code.

If you follow the steps I’ve outlined starting in the previous post, it’s relatively easy though it still requires a little bit of manual work to get started.

This is how you can set up Xdebug with a Homebrew-based configuration and Visual Studio Code.

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Installing PHP 7.4 and PHP Monitor for WordPress Development

TL;DR: How to uninstall PHP 8.1, install PHP 7.4, why you should do so, and one extra utility to helps manage PHP packages and modules.


When I wrote about how to fix WordPress, PHP, MariaDB, and Homebrew, I didn’t cover some of the other larger issues that I experienced when working backwards into the solution.

I need to give Ihor a hat tip here because he and I spoke about this more on Twitter regarding the relationship between WordPress, PHP 7.4, 8.0, and 8.1.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t clarify the following:

  1. I was running PHP 8.1.
  2. WordPress is not compatible with PHP 8.1
  3. WordPress is [allegedly] compatible with PHP 8.0 but I’ve not tested it or my tools against this version because I wanted to have full compatibility.
  4. I downgraded my system to PHP 7.4.27 until I get my entire set up configured as I like. Then I’ll start upgrading components.

So if you’ve followed the aforementioned post, here’s a more complete set of things I’ve set up to make sure everything is working well together – including things I’m working on writing about 🙂.

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Using a Registry, Subscribers, and Services in WordPress

TL;DR: I find the using a registry, subscribers, and services very useful when building backend-centric plugins and utilities for WordPress. This post walks through how to do it.


After working in with design patterns, object-oriented programming, and WordPress for years, common ways of solving problems are bound to arise.

This is how we got object-oriented design patterns to begin with, so maybe this is a WordPress-centric variation of that.

Though I’ve written about things such as registries in previous articles (and ones that are not that old even), it’s never a bad idea to revisit the same topic especially when there’s something to continue to add to the previous take.

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How To Downgrade Composer, PHP, and NPM

TL;DR: If you’re working on a variety of projects each of which requires different versions of PHP, Composer, and/or NPM you may need to change the version of all or any permutation of any of these utilities.

This article outlines what steps need to be taken to downgrade Composer, PHP, or NPM when working on any given project.

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