Welcome to Tom's opinionated PHP advice
I've had enough; I just can't take it any more.
There's too much objective, well-thought-out, independent and useful advice for budding PHP developers and old-timers alike.
And it's being ignored.
So no more of that kind of thing.
This is Biased PHP.
What do I mean by biased? No alternative options, for starters. No comparisons, no benchmarks, no encouragement of independent thought, and certainly no "you could use this or that or even this option!"
There's one way of doing things here: my way. The right way.
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