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Boris The Missing PHP REPL

REPL(read-eval-print loop) can be great tools for quickly testing concepts, experimenting and getting quick feedback when learning a new language. Many languages and frameworks provide some sort of REPL like the rails console or laravel’s artisan tinker.

Published Mar 13, 2014 in
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REPL(read-eval-print loop) can be great tools for quickly testing concepts, experimenting and getting quick feedback when learning a new language. Many languages and frameworks provide some sort of REPL like the rails console or laravel’s artisan tinker.

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PHP by itself has the interactive shell that can be invoked with:

php -a However the PHP Interactive Shell lacks several features that other modern languages have in their REPL’s; like proper error handling, multi-line support and result output by default.

Meet Boris

Python has one. Ruby has one. Clojure has one. Now PHP has one too. Boris is PHP’s missing REPL (read-eval-print loop), allowing developers to experiment with PHP code in the terminal in an interactive manner. If you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter, Boris will report the error and stand to attention for further input.

Boris, was developed by Chris Corbyn a PHP developer that after making the transition to Ruby was disappointed by the lack of a true PHP REPL.

After playing around with Boris for while, I can honestly say that it has the right to call itself ‘The Missing PHP REPL’; not only provides the basic features that you would expect from a standard REPL but also:

  • Output customization.
  • Configuration files.
  • Start Hooks.
  • Loading larger applications.

On top of that Boris can be easily installed or included in any project using composer.

All these features make Boris a powerful and flexible tool regardless if you are just using it to test quick snippets or as part of a large application.

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Magento Online Hackahon 2014

This past weekend the Magento Community hosted the first Magento Online Hackathon, here is a quick recap of my experience.

Published Mar 8, 2014 in