PHP is most popular and widely used language for web development and it has some awesome testing tools , documentation tools and code editors but When we talk about debugging into PHP code var_dump(), print_r(), exit(), debug_backtrace() are our best friend.
while developer working on java or c# have powerful suit of debugging tools which are often integrated with IDE. But same is not in PHP.
When we are working on web development we are dealing with a lot of scripts running on the server and debugging through all these scripts manually is not an easy task.
Xdebug is a free and open source project by Derick Rethans and is probably one of the most useful PHP extensions.
It provides more than just basic debugging support, but also stack traces, profiling, code coverage, and so on.
Some useful features of Xdebug
At first glance, Kint is just a pretty replacement for var_dump(), print_r() and debug_backtrace() that offers a better debugging experience.
Kint Debugger makes debugging and dumping variables a more pleasant experience. Kint Debugger integrates seamlessly with the Debug Bar plugin.
Kint is a tool designed to present your debugging data in the best way possible.
Here is a list of useful features of Kint
Whoops is a small library, available as a Composer package, that helps you handle errors and exceptions and handling and debugging them across your PHP projects very easily.
It’s an open source library with some great features.
Krumo is designed to assist developers in debugging variables by providing a simple block that can be configured to display all of the elements of a given array or object. It displays structured information about any PHP variable
Pinba is a MySQL plugin and storage engine. It works as a real-time monitoring server for PHP running MYSQL.
Pinba is not a debugging tool in common sense since you’re not supposed to do debugging on production servers, but its main goal is to help developers to monitor the performance of PHP scripts, locate bottlenecks in real-time and direct developers’ attention to the code that really needs it.
The PHPDebugBar integrates easily in any projects and can display profiling data from any part of your application. It comes built-in with data collectors for standard PHP features and popular projects. It displays a debug bar in the browser with the information from a PHP script.
Some key features of Debugbar-
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