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Jeremy Kendall dissects bad PHP code on his site csiphp.com.

It all began with a new gig and an amazingly horrific codebase.  I began tweeting the most unbelievable, most frustrating snippets I could find.  After quite a few of those tweets, Chris Hartjes replied with, “Looking at your tweets I cannot even fathom what your job is. CSI:PHP?”  A concept was born.

Twitter’s 140 characters are rarely enough to share the horrors of bad code, and I don’t want to give short shrift to the nefarious and misguided scripts that I’ve found.  Behold the CSI: PHP blog, where I investigate criminally bad codebases and share the evidence with you, my fellow developers.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.