Monday, August 11, 2014

Running PHP Codesniffer on Windows

For a customer I have to review some PHP code.I always use a heterogeneous set of tools to get the job done. This time I wanted to use PHP Codesniffer(next to some other tools like PHP Depend,…) The thing is, I didn’t do any PHP development for a while. So I had to configure my machine to be able to run PHP code again.

Installing PHP on Windows

The easiest thing to get going is use WebMatrix. This already provides you with a nice IDE to run any kind of PHP application. Now before we can use it with PHP, you should install PHP for IIS Express available through the Web Platform Installer.

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Remark: The first time you open up a PHP site in WebMatrix, it will ask to install PHP for IIS Express for you. 

Installing PEAR on Windows

After installing PHP, it’s time to install PEAR. PEAR is a package manager similar to NPM for node.js and NuGet for .NET.

Here are the steps:

  • Go to http://pear.php.net/go-pear.phar to download go-pear.phar and copy it to the PHP installation directory(C:\Program Files (x86)\IIS Express\PHP\v5.3 in our case).
  • Open a command prompt with administrative permissions
  • Go to the php directory
  • Begin the PEAR installation by executing following command
    • php go-pear.phar
Installing PHP Codesniffer

Last step is easy, by using PEAR, installing PHP Codesniffer only requires one extra command:

  • pear install PHP_CodeSniffer

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