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As a Senior PHP Developer with 20 years of experience, I am excited to offer a unique service tailored to junior and middleweight developers. My goal is to help you enhance your coding skills, understand best practices, and avoid the pitfalls of insecure coding.

I primarily use PHP, Python, Shell Scripting and JavaScript for development but good coding standards can be applied to any coding language. There are many ways to accomplish something with code but I find junior developers can overlook data sanitisation, validation and documentation.

On my blog I talk about PHP development best practices, and I encourage you to take a look as it covers a wide range of topics for further exploration. In my experience it’s rare to find a junior developer working with Docker to ensure every developer is using the same local development environment.

What Are Code Reviews?

A code review is a systematic examination of computer source code. It is intended to find and fix mistakes overlooked in the initial development phase, improving both the overall quality of software and the developers’ skills.

  • The purpose of code review is to improve the quality of the software and the skills of the developers.
  • Code reviews are common practice in software development to ensure code quality and prevent bugs or security vulnerabilities.
  • It involves checking the logic of the code to ensure it is correct, efficient and maintainable.
  • Code reviews often includes checking for adherence to coding standards and conventions.
  • It encourages knowledge sharing and collaboration among the team members.
  • Reviewing code can be seen as a learning opportunity for junior developers to learn from senior developers.
  • Reviews are important as it helps catch software issues early in the development cycle, reducing the cost of code maintenance.

Why Perform A Code Review?

Performing a code review is a crucial part of the software development process for several reasons. Firstly, it helps ensure the quality of the code by catching bugs or errors before they become bigger issues in the production phase.

Code reviews also promote knowledge sharing among team members, leading to improved coding skills and better understanding of the codebase. They enforce coding standards and maintain consistency across the project, making the code more readable and manageable.

Reviewing your code can help identify potential performance issues, security vulnerabilities, or design flaws, thereby increasing the reliability and efficiency of the code.

Learn from Experience: Leverage two decades of PHP development experience to learn nuanced aspects of coding.

Security Focus: With a keen eye for security, reviews will help mitigate vulnerabilities in your code.

Quality Improvement: Enhance the readability, maintainability, and performance of your code.

How Does The Code Review Service Work?

Doing code reviews is my way of giving back to the web development community. As such they will be reviewed in the order they are received. When I start charging for this service, paid customers will have priority.

Submit Your Code

Each month, I allocate time to review code samples submitted by developers like you. Use the form below to submit your code review enquiry.

Detailed Review

I will thoroughly examine your code, focusing on structure, security, and efficiency. All my findings will be sent in a short summary report for you to follow.

Honest Feedback

Receive personalised feedback with actionable advice on how to improve. Code reviews will cover naming conventions, security, validation and more.

Anonymity Guaranteed

Any code used for educational purposes will be anonymised and changed to protect your privacy. It’s important to share examples so everyone can learn.

Free For Limited Time

Code reviews take a long time to analyse, improve and give detailed feedback. The service is free for a limited time but the cost per review will be nominal.

What to Expect From Code Reviews

Code reviews are a process where someone other than the original developer examines the code for mistakes, quality, and functionality. They are intended to catch and fix errors before they become bigger problems.

Constructive Feedback: Expect honest, constructive feedback aimed at helping you grow.

Focus on Best Practices: Learn how to write clean, efficient, and secure PHP code.

Real-World Scenarios: Understand how your code would perform in a production environment.

Interactive Learning: Opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

The process may involve discussions and feedback between the reviewer and the code author. In the end, code reviews aim to improve the quality of the software and the skills of the developers.

The reviewer will look for things like bugs, security concerns, and code performance problems. They will also check if the code is readable, maintainable, and follows robust coding standards.

Code Review Benefits

Improved Code Quality: Code review can identify and correct errors, bugs, or inefficiencies that were missed during initial development.

Knowledge Sharing: It allows developers to learn from each other, sharing expertise, tips, and best practices.

Risk Mitigation: It helps in identifying potential risks or vulnerabilities early, reducing the overall risk of software failure.

Reduced Cost: By catching issues early, code reviews can reduce the cost of fixing bugs later in the development process.

Security First Approach: With a focus on security, learn how to write safer code.

Career Growth: Improve your coding skills, making you a more competent and employable developer.

Community Contribution: Your anonymised code may help educate a broader audience, contributing to the overall betterment of the developer community.

Get Started

Ready to take your PHP skills to the next level? Submit your code sample today and embark on a journey of learning and improvement with an experienced mentor by your side.

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