There's a better way to debug PHP than var_dump.
Debugging an application can be a pain in the butt. A typical method of debugging is outputting values to the browser via var_dump or printing them to the error log. This is tedius and makes the development cycle much longer than it needs to be. There's a better way! Enter Xdebug.
Xdebug is a PHP module that allows to you set breakpoints and debug your PHP application while it is running. The advantages are multi-fold: you can see what your application does step by step while also gaining visibility into how the data is being transformed over the life of the request.
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