Combine power of PHP_CodeSniffer and PHP CS Fixer in 3 lines

This post was updated at December 2018

Updated with EasyCodingStandard 5, Neon to YAML migration and checkers to services migration.

PHP_CodeSniffer has over 5 381 stars on Github and 210 default sniffs, PHP CS Fixer with 6 467 stars brings you 160 fixers.

Both powerful tools dealing with coding standards with huge communities behind them. Can you imagine using them both and actually enjoy it? Today I will show you how.

Right to The Answer

Let's say we want to check arrays. We add first checker that requires short PHP 5.4 [] syntax:

# ecs.yml
    PHP_CodeSniffer\Standards\Generic\Sniffs\Arrays\DisallowLongArraySyntaxSniff: ~

Great start. Then we want to check for trailing commas, so every line has them.

So add one more checker:

# ecs.yml
    PHP_CodeSniffer\Standards\Generic\Sniffs\Arrays\DisallowLongArraySyntaxSniff: ~
    PhpCsFixer\Fixer\ArrayNotation\TrailingCommaInMultilineArrayFixer: ~

Great job! You have just combined PHP_CodeSniffer and PHP CS Fixer in 3 lines.

With a help of EasyCodingStandard. Now, when title promise is fulfilled, I will show how to install it, run it and how nice and clear reports it generates.

How to add EasyCodingStandard in 3 steps

1. Install Package

composer require symplify/easy-coding-standard --dev

2. Configure

Create a ecs.yml file in your project and desired checkers.

    # arrays
    PHP_CodeSniffer\Standards\Generic\Sniffs\Arrays\DisallowLongArraySyntaxSniff: ~
    PhpCsFixer\Fixer\ArrayNotation\TrailingCommaInMultilineArrayFixer: ~

You can add a comment to groups, so everyone can easily orientate when there are more checkers.

Be Lazy with YAML

Do you use PHPStorm? If so, you can use Symfony Plugin. It allows you one amazing thing:

It autocompletes class names!

No more looking to documentation, what string matches what sniff or fixer, if there are any checkers for arrays or debugging typos.

3. Run it & Fix it

vendor/bin/ecs check src

# ...

vendor/bin/ecs check src --fix

That's all!

Well, unless you like videos...

Watch 🕑 11 min Intro Talks from Dresden PHP Meetup

I spoke about ECS last week in Dresden. If you have 11 minutes and you want to know more about it, go watch it here.

That's all for short intro of this tool. I'll post more articles about how to use it, about fast caching or how to write own checkers - both sniffs and fixers.

Thank you for any feedback. Here or in the issues.