Learning Composer for PHP

Laptop with PHP code

When is the last time you copied and pasted the code from one project to another? Are you frustrated that you are constantly working hard and other developers still seem to be more productive than you?

Well, if you haven’t learned about Composer or how to leverage it, you should definitely take this course.

Composer is a command line dependency management tool designed for PHP. It allows you to declare the libraries your project depends on and it will manage them for you. At least that is the definition that the documentation gives you. 

In reality, Composer is a tracking system that allows you to not only release and reuse your own code, but also leverage code that was written by other developers to make you a more efficient developer and more effective problem solver.

You will learn how to:

  • Install Composer
  • Setup Composer in your projects
  • Find and install your code dependencies
  • Properly use versioning to reduce the chance of code conflicts
  • Use Composer when working with a team
  • Utilize private code bases as dependencies
  • Release your code for public consumption
  • Quickly bootstrap new projects

I recommend that you have some familiarity with the command line, but even if you don’t we won’t be covering anything difficult in that regard. I also recommend that you have some experience working with version control. Really, this isn’t absolutely necessary either but is a best practice and hopefully something you already do. Of course, this is a PHP dependency manager so if you aren’t working with PHP this course won’t help you much.

Composer is a tool that can really take your career to the next level, so let’s get started learning today!