Choice of IDE

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I currently code everything in Notepad++ and use XAMPP as a test
environment.  When I used to code JSP's I had a lovely IDE called
JBuilder with debuggers, code optimisation tools and class explorers
with nice auto complete for methods/functions available on an object.

Whilst my setup works for me I reckon that I could use a better one -
what can people recommend?

I'm also interested in being able to manage multiple projects at once
(currently I have to swap out the htdocs folder to change projects
which is a bit annoying).

Any help is appreciated (even if you just tell me to stick it out
hardcore style!)


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I use PSPad ( ) with scripts for both database access  
and source code control. You can work with project files (each project  
has its own root URL and root folder) and the program is free.

I tried some debuggers, but none of them worked. So that is the only  
thing still missing.

Best regards.

thehuby wrote:
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Thanks for that - I will give it a try.

Anyone got any others?

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I've been using PSPad and its good but it is only a souped up text editor  
I wouldn't go so far as to call it an IDE.

I looked but couldnt find anything except Zend Studio - which I havn't  
got round to looking at yet.(I'd welcome comments)

Something akin to borlands IDE would be great.


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Zend Studio Pro is worth every penny. Excellent debugger, color coded
syntax, intellisense, projects. You won't believe you tried to code
without it.


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Ken Loomis wrote:
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I'll second that.   Great integration, and although a little slow at times, it's  
  a super programming environment.

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Jerry Stuckle
JDS Computer Training Corp.

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Yep, definitely have a look at Zend Studio Pro (you can get a 1 month
trial from Zen's website).

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thehuby wrote:

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I have two setups that I use.  I like each one equally.  On my laptop,
I use PHP Designer 2006.  Clean and functional.   Nice feature set, and
stable.  Price is right, too.  Free.  ;-)

On my desktop system, I use Vs.Php.  To me, nothing even comes close to
touching this product.  It integrates PHP functionality into Visual
Studio.Net.  Of course, you need to have Visual Studio.Net.  But, it
gives you full functionality of any other language - region folding,
class browsing, etc.  Well worth the price.


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I'm using Eclipse with PHPEclipse.
It is very good enviroment, and moreover its free.
It has almost all php programmer needs:
multiple projects, syntax colorizing, and some kind of intellisense.
However debugging need some effort to configure.
It is still being developed, so new functionality is available
almost every month.
And when you download proper plugins, you can use it to
manage mysql database, cvs repository, write js scripts and many many more.


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I have use Quanta+ for over a year now and I love it.  Some other good  
ones are Bluefish and JEdit.  I use Linux, but I know JEdit has a  
windows download.  Not sure about the others.

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