Executing PHP from the command line enables us to interact with our applications in new and interesting ways: from performing site maintenance to scaffolding new projects, CLI tools like WP-CLI, Artisan, and Drush make it easy to interface with our code without ever opening a browser.

Attendees will be introduced to popular PHP CLI tools and their default capabilities. We'll discuss characteristics of good CLI scripts, strong use-cases for writing custom commands, then write several CLI programs across different platforms.


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Brent Mitchell at 14:56 on 8 Mar 2019

Fun, humorous and informative.

Steve covered a lot of material, and explained the reasons one might write a script for the CLI, covered the hard ways to do it with built in PHP code, then a bunch of helpful libraries. Steve's talks are always enjoyable and informative.

Omni Adams at 10:21 on 9 Mar 2019

Good overview of the CLI tools used in PHP, along with some of the frameworks used to write new CLI tooling, along with why you'd want to.

Amy Gebhardt at 10:10 on 12 Mar 2019

Really fun, well-prepared talk! I was delighted that many of the themes apply to general CLI projects; not just limited to PHP.