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Baby Steps -> Giant Leaps. (Xdebug for Beginners)

var_dump($foo);

print_r($bar);

die($baz);

Are these your current debugging tools? Wouldn't it be nice to see $foo, $bar, and $baz while the code is still being executed? Watch it change, live? And not have it just dumped all over the output of your otherwise beautiful app? We'll install XDebug, set up your IDE to use it (with examples shown for PhpStorm, Netbeans, and ZendStudio), then we'll actually walk through some badly written code that needs to be debugged.

Sean Prunka

Sean Prunka (@sprunka)


Sean Prunka has been a PHP developer since roughly 1998 and an active member of the PHP community since 2010. Sean currently works as a senior developer for PunchOut2Go. Outside his PHP life, he is an active member of three community theatres in his area of rural VA. When he's not too busy with work or theatre, Sean helps his wife wrangle their 6 kids between their own theatre rehearsals, band practices, soccer, swim meets, and other such kids' activities.