PDS “skeleton” Standard Now In Beta

I am proud to announce the immediate availability of pds/skeleton 1.0.0-beta1 for inclusion in your PHP package.

The pds/skeleton standard defines specific names for specific kinds of root-level directories in PHP packages. If you use all the directory and file names in the standard, your package will look something like this:

bin/            # executable files
config/         # configuration files
docs/           # documentation
public/         # web server files
resources/      # other resource files
src/            # PHP source code
tests/          # tests
CHANGELOG       # change notes
CONTRIBUTING    # contribution guidelines
LICENSE         # licensing and copyright
README          # read-me-first file

Believe it or not, roughly 78 thousand packages on Packagist, from tens of thousands of vendors, already appear compliant with pds/skeleton.

To formally indicate that your package attempts to comply to pds/skeleton, add it to your package manifest as a development requirement. For example, if you use Composer, you can do something like the following:

"require-dev": {
    "pds/skeleton": "~1.0"
}

(Alternatively, mention in your README that the package attempts to comply with pds/skeleton.)

This standard will remain in beta for at least two weeks, to give ample time for additional public review. If you find errors or omissions, please be sure to open an issue on it.


As a side note, Producer will end up supporting pds/skeleton and validating against it by default. This will mean a BC break for Producer, so look for a 3.x version soon!