php|architect January 2013 - Standards and TestingLike it or not, most of us (developers) started learning in a vacuum. We learned and developed habits that worked for us at the moment, but not all of these were things we are now proud to show off. How many of us facepalm when we see our code from 5 years ago? Heck- even 2 years ago! If you don’t follow a standard (or haven’t set guidelines of your own to follow), your code will be inconsistent, hard to follow, and likely, embarrassing to show to others later.