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22-02-2008, 06:20 PM

Is there a preferred IDE that is used to develop with PHP? Is Eclipse too heavy?

Thanks in advance.

22-02-2008, 08:07 PM
I use Coda.. but thats for a mac only.

23-02-2008, 03:09 PM
I've been using Zend Studio (http://www.zend.com/en/products/studio/) (from "The PHP People") for a few years now. Haven't had any issues with it since the 4.x days and it doesn't exactly need a monster system to run. They've also got a Zend for Eclipse version out, but it's still in development and I wouldn't recommend it for full-time development.

Eclipse has the PDT extension but I always found Eclipse too slow and cluttered on my old system. Other people swear by it though, so it's probably just a matter of personal preference.

There's also PHP Edit (http://www.waterproof.fr/). I haven't used it for years now but found it to be a good application when I did.

25-02-2008, 10:15 AM
Big fan of Zend Studio

25-02-2008, 08:44 PM
Zend for Eclipse is awesome!

Mr C
26-02-2008, 02:49 AM
I use eclipse. Does all the stuff I need it to do like cvs, svn & ant.

26-02-2008, 07:33 PM
for all your suggestions. i'm going to try zand studio and also eclipse.

29-02-2008, 10:32 AM
+1 for zend studio for eclipse, i've always looked for a decent PHP IDE and nothing ever really fit the bill for me, until this.

10-03-2008, 04:39 PM
Depends on your OS:

- Dreamweaver
- Zend Studio for Eclipse

- Coda

- Zend Studio for Eclipse
- Quanta

In my opinion though, scrap em all and go with VIM :)

11-03-2008, 07:39 AM
Zend Studio gets my vote .. tip: look for code completion as it is a handy and quick coding feature only in some IDE's

17-03-2008, 05:19 PM
Argh... Eclipse *sigh*... I am looking for a good PHP IDE, but I cannot bring myself to install the Java runtime on my machine. It just seems so wrong :)

17-03-2008, 05:25 PM
Found this one too, I tried it a few years ago back when it was a tiny little IDE that made more sense than notepad. Seems to have grown up a bit too...


20-03-2008, 11:27 AM
Argh... Eclipse *sigh*... I am looking for a good PHP IDE, but I cannot bring myself to install the Java runtime on my machine. It just seems so wrong :)

Argh.. java haters *sigh* :) Heres a good product that does what you want, but you wont install a runtime on your machine to use it on the basis that it seems wrong?? :) that's soo wrong ;)

24-03-2008, 01:57 PM
I love PhpEd by Nusphere http://www.nusphere.com/.
PhpEd has all the bells and whistles (included integrated database browsing, ftp/sftp publishing and code completion).

25-03-2008, 08:46 AM
Argh.. java haters *sigh* :) Heres a good product that does what you want, but you wont install a runtime on your machine to use it on the basis that it seems wrong?? :) that's soo wrong ;)

There are a lot of things that I hate about Eclipse itself, so it's not just limited to the JRE. I don't have any other reason to actually have it installed, and won't do it for just one app :)

10-04-2008, 11:09 PM
zend studio 5 is great. with v6 they've moved to ecplipse :( but I'm still using v5 which I recommend without hesitation

14-04-2008, 12:20 AM
Note that the old 'Zend Studio' has now been replaced by 'Zend Studio for Eclipse', which is basically Eclipse with PDT and some special Zend bits.

I use Zend Studio for Eclipse at work, along with Tasktop/Mylyn and a few other little Eclipse plugins.

14-04-2008, 09:43 AM
The Aptana Plugin for Eclipse brings back FTP support in a big way. Yes, you can do FTP with a vanilla Zend Studio install... but it sucks :) So I would recommend the Aptana Plugin if you're using Zend Studio.

06-05-2008, 08:51 PM
for all your suggestions. I've also stumbled onto another option - netbeans which is sun's ide primarily for java development. However it also supports php and has support for ruby on rails. It may be a bit heavy for some, but I have found it quite useful and it's css support is great.

12-11-2008, 11:50 AM
I have tried every major IDE under the sun. Out of them all, I like Aptana (modified eclipse backend and not the plugin for eclipse) as it has FTP support and javascript support goodness. Zend Studio is a close second, but in regards to JUST php coding, id rather use a simple text editor with php completion support than use an Eclipse backend to do the same. The latest Aptana is just beautiful at everything (Except it can lag when you have massive php files with huge classes. You shouldn't have huge low cohesive classes anyway).

12-11-2008, 01:52 PM
The more and more netbeans gets it's PHP support under control the more and more i ditch dreamweaver.

05-06-2009, 10:03 PM
yeah I've been using NetBeans, and are liking it. No heaps decent support for GIT version control in the IDEs. Time to get comfortable with the GIT command line. There's a command to update / add the files that have already been added.. so that's cool.

08-06-2009, 10:54 AM
The only thing i bother to open dreamweaver for now is to edit Dreamweaver templates and sites i don't have netbeans projects setup for.

09-06-2009, 11:27 AM
I reckon you cant beat Zend Studio Eclipse.. Ive tried a fair few, including the free eclipse plugin, but Zend dominates

14-06-2009, 12:31 AM
I hate NetBeans.... :mad:

I have used Aptana extensively & while it's not bad, it has a lot of fiddly little things I don't like about it.

Whilst I'm not using the IDE, I am using their free version called Komodo Edit.... lacks a good for formatting tool like Aptana has, but other than that it's my tool of choice. :)

29-06-2009, 05:00 PM
yep, CODA for mac and DW for winblows (played with a few others but i'd been DW institutionalised already and couldn't cope without my familiar bugs and highlighting).

01-07-2009, 02:54 PM
ok I moved from NetBeans to Eclipse PDT because I couldn't get remote xdebugging working. A mate pointed out Komodo, and that looks awesome

27-07-2009, 01:12 PM
yes i'm having trouble getting debug working properly for PHP in netbeans. i use logging for most of my debugging and so far have got by on this.

but i would be interested to hear if anyone has successfully gotten PHP debugging up and running in netbeans.

08-03-2010, 08:16 AM
netbeans especially with the updates to the php xhtml css syntax every couple of months.
It just get better and better. It is cross platform and now I have about the template setup the work flow is fast.

08-03-2010, 08:57 PM
Coda FTW! :cool:

15-03-2010, 10:45 AM
For me it's a toss-up between Netbeans and Coda.

19-03-2010, 01:51 PM
We registered NuSphere phpED for the office - very nice!

29-03-2010, 11:44 AM
I liked NetBeans because it had jQuery code highlighting and hinting out of the box...

It just feels like a lot more love went into it than Eclipse (and Aptana!).

23-04-2010, 10:39 AM
I love Eclipse. Zend Studio is good aswell but PDT is free :)