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I'm working on cleaning up my code and came across some PHP linters: Mess Detector Code Sniffer through PHPStorm's inspection settings.

Should I use these together or just one?

What benefits does each provide?

What are the differences?

Requirements: free, integrates with PHPStorm

Note: If this is not the right place for this question, my apologies. I looked for a few minutes at the different options and this seemed the best fit. If it is not, where should I post this? And can someone move it?

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    To make this question on-topic here, you should list your requirements (i.e. which features do you need?), and answers might recommend Mess Detector, Code Sniffer or something else. – unor Nov 1 '14 at 1:03
  • I don't even know what reqs I need. Isn't it a given that I need some kind of linter based on the question? Though I only want one of these two as nothing else works with PHPStorm. – merlinpatt Nov 1 '14 at 6:54
  • If this isn't on topic here, where else can I post this question? – merlinpatt Nov 1 '14 at 6:55
  • I don’t know much about linters, so I have no idea which features/restrictions they might have. But in case there is not much, your question could simply be like "I need a linter that integrates with PhpStorm.", I guess. However, you might be able to give further restrictions, maybe like: price, up-to-dateness, supported versions, what should the linter absolutely not do, workflow, …. – unor Nov 1 '14 at 9:39

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