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Of Tools and Dependencies

Over the last few weeks I had a few discussions with other developers all along the same line of thought: How to install development-tools in a project.

Why? You might ask. Composer is making that very easy after all. When I need phpunit in my project to run unittests I use composer require phpunit/phpunit and composer itself will ask me whether I want to install that as a dev-dependency. How awesome is that! So why do we need to talk about that?

Well. Let’s put it that way: When you do that, and perhaps not only with phpunit but with other tools as well, you tie your production code to your development tools.

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