Growing the PHP Core – One Test at a Time | Florian Engelhardt


Learn how PHP core contributors write tests to ensure the stability and reliability of PHP. Discover the PHPT file format and its sections like `test`, `file`, `expect`, and more. Get insights into running PHP tests and contributing to the PHP community.

Key takeaways
  • PHP core contributors write tests for PHP to ensure its stability and reliability.
  • The PHPT file format is used for writing PHP tests, and it consists of sections like test, file, expect, skip-if, clean, and description.
  • The test section specifies the name of the test.
  • The file section contains the PHP code to be tested.
  • The expect section contains the expected output of the code in the file section.
  • The skip-if section contains PHP code that, when executed, can skip the test.
  • The clean section contains PHP code that is executed after the test to clean up any temporary files or resources.
  • The description section contains a description of the test.
  • The setlib_get_coding_type function returns the current output compression encoding.
  • The setlib_output_compression_init function turns on output compression.
  • The setlib_output_compression_off function turns off output compression.
  • The HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING environment variable can be used to specify the acceptable content encoding for the response.
  • The var_dump() function is used to output the value of a variable.
  • The make test command can be used to run all the PHP tests.
  • The make test TESTS=path/to/test.phpt command can be used to run a specific PHP test.
  • The -j option can be used to specify the number of concurrent test workers.
  • The website provides quality assurance information about PHP.
  • The website provides documentation about the PHPT file format.
  • The website is a place where people from the PHP community can chat.