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Updated on: 2022-07-26

Posted on: 2022-07-26

Categories: PHP Tutorials, PHP Performance

Many experienced developers have learned how to improve their coding habits to write code that will run faster.

If you have already written an application, it may be tough to determine if you have already written the code in a way optimized to run at the highest speed.

Fortunately, some tools can help you figure out which parts of your applications are worth the effort of optimizing to achieve speed improvements.

Read this short article to learn how to use the Scout Application Performance Monitoring tool to determine which parts of a Laravel or Symfony application are worth optimizing.




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In this article you will learn about:

1. Why You Need to Improve Your Coding Habits to Be A Better Developer

2. What Can You Do to Improve Your Coding Habits in Practice

3. How Can You Learn More to Improve Your Coding Habits to Make Your Code Run Faster in a Manual Way

4. How Can You Learn More to Improve Your Coding Habits to Make Your Code Run Faster in a More Automated Way


1. Why You Need to Improve Your Coding Habits to Be A Better Developer

A habit is a procedure that you repeatedly follow to execute the steps to complete a specific task.

If you follow reasonable development procedures, you can be a better developer by repeating the procedure steps.

This fact is also actual for software development habits. For instance, if you have good debugging habits, you will be able to debug your code faster than in the past before you got those debugging habits.

We can say the same about optimizing your code to make it run faster.

2. What Can You Do to Improve Your Coding Habits in Practice

Getting better as a developer is about improving your developer habits.

There are a few steps that you need to execute to acquire any habit.

2.1 Start the Habit

To start any habit, you must learn and understand why that habit is good for you.

For instance, if you learn that optimizing your software is good because making the software faster, your users and customers will be happier.

If your users and customers are happier, they will use your software more often. When they use the software more often, your software will be more successful, and you will eventually make more money.

2.2 Do the Habit Steps

The habits steps are a sequence of tasks you need to execute in a specific order to be more efficient.

For instance, if you want to optimize your software to make it run faster, try following these steps:

1. You need to discover which parts of the software are running slower and affect the overall performance of the software.

2. Then, you need to sort the priorities of the software sections that need to be optimized first to cause a more significant impact on the optimization efforts.

3. Start with the first part of the slower software parts, and you find that it is more critical to optimize first. You need to discover the code's characteristics that make that code. Change the slow code to make it run faster.

2.3 Measure the Results

Once you make changes to your code, you need to measure the changed code's performance to ensure the code is running faster than before.

So you need to compare the performance of the code before and after the changes. If the code is not running faster, you must revert and try other changes.

If the code runs faster, you can keep the changes because you have evidence that the changes made the code run faster.

2.4 Learn How to Improve the Results

There is nothing good that cannot be improved. So after you make code changes to improve the code performance, consider other changes that can make the code even faster.

3. How Can You Learn More to Improve Your Coding Habits to Make Your Code Run Faster in a Manual Way

The code performance improvement steps that I describe above seem simple. However, in practice, that may require many days, weeks, or months to be implemented.

Recently, at the PHP Classes site, we have been working on optimizing the PHP software running in the background to execute many tasks and regular jobs, such as newsletters.

We spent several months working on the performance improvements. The effort was well worth it because we cut down one dedicated server machine used to execute the newsletters delivery and other background tasks.

This effort allowed us to reduce expenses to keep the PHP Classes site business more financially viable.

4. How Can You Learn More to Improve Your Coding Habits to Make Your Code Run Faster in a More Automated Way

The main reason for taking so long to do the necessary optimizations is that we had to write our software tools to diagnose the performance bottlenecks.

We use our software components and tools. So we may take more time to execute the necessary tasks to develop and optimize our software.

Fortunately for you, if you use Laravel or Symfony to develop your applications, there are tools on the market that you can use to automate the performance bottleneck diagnostics and locate the code that needs to be improved much faster than what we use to optimize our software that does not use Laravel or Symphony.

Scout is a performance monitoring application that supports many Web programming languages, including PHP. If you used Laravel or Symfony, build your application.

I will be talking more about Scout Application Monitoring in the following weeks. For now, I invite you to try it by going to the Demo of Scout in PHP, so you can access an exclusive demo page and video to help in the optimization efforts of your PHP Laravel or Symfony application.

How to Optimize the Performance of a Real Application with a Monitoring Tool




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