The myth of the untestable controller

It’s a persistent statement: controllers should have as little code as possible because they’re difficult, nay impossible, to test. Developers should force most of their code into the models instead, where business, validation and other logic can take place. This way, the models are reusable and the code is easily tested in isolation. After all, if the controller can’t be adequately tested, then the controller can’t be expected to contain very much crucial logic. The controller becomes just a data and information traffic cop.

But this is not true. Controllers are no more or less testable than any other kind of code. What’s more, the fact that people believe controllers are largely untestable is an excuse for writing untestable code, not a valid design decision.

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The Cardinal Sin Of Object Inheritance

Chances are that any developer out there who has been involved in object oriented applications very long has run across the cardinal sin of object inheritance. I know I’ve committed this sin, and you probably have too. The sin of which I speak is a grave one, and it violates several well known and established principles of object oriented application development.

What is this sin of which I speak? It is none other than the addition of new public methods to an object that extends or implements abstract class or application interface, in violation of both the Liskov Substitution Principle and the Dependency Inversion Principle.

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The “D” Doesn’t Stand For Dependency Injection

You’ve probably heard of the acronym SOLID by now, which is an object oriented programming paradigm consisting of five basic (but interrelated principles) of object oriented development.

And you’ve probably heard once or twice that the D in SOLID stands for Dependency Injection. Actually, if you’re lucky you’ve also heard what it really stands for, which is the Dependency Inversion Principle. But, in PHP, this is often conflated with dependency injection.

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