Useful tools for developing applications in PHP

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PHP is a great language for rapid development of web applications. The documentation located at php.net is an excellent resource for mastering the facilities PHP makes available to you.

One application I've used in the past on a massive PHP project was Eclipse. Eclipse is an IDE that can be used with a number of languages but also includes support for PHP. In addition, this IDE provides support for accessing version control systems such as SVN.

You can download Eclipse and learn all about it at:

http://www.eclipse.org/pdt/

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PHP is a great language for rapid development of web applications. The documentation located at php.net is an excellent resource for mastering the facilities PHP makes available to you.

One application I've used in the past on a massive PHP project was Eclipse. Eclipse is an IDE that can be used with a number of languages but also includes support for PHP. In addition, this IDE provides support for accessing version control systems such as SVN.

You can download Eclipse and learn all about it at:

http://www.eclipse.org/pdt/

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Oops also Add NOTEPAD++ with that
Its also great
Notepad++ | Current version : v5.6.8
 

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Yeah, I have heard Eclipse is good for RAD using object oriented programming.
 

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Being a c# programmer I've often thought about learning PHP more, the two languages are not that much different. The thing that I like about PHP is it seems to better at MySql connections which is a must nowadays, the weight of c#, aspx and sql server is just too much and far too buggy, especially when combined with the resitctions of gaydaddy.

I think the only reason I've never jumped in with it is because I like to work with a nice UI and therefore have always gone down the Visual Studio route and secondly, I now outsource all my work - but that does not stop me learning!
 

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Do you have some recommendation for Linux PHP programming tools?
I have just started programming and in the process of migration from Windows to Linux.
On Windows I am using Wamp server....
 

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Thanks! I've learned quite a lot of how to use PHP, specifically automating tedious processes, over the last few months - so this should also help...

Thanks again! :D
 

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I prefer Eclipse as well, it's the most powerful platform after Zend (which costs $).

Pro's to Eclipse:

  • It's FREE
  • It works on multiple platforms (Mac, Windows and Linux) PHP Development Tools (PDT) - Downloads
  • It supports autocompletion
  • It does inline error checking for forgotten semi-colons etc...which saves a lot of time error checking
 

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Thank you very much for bringing up eclipse.

I was using only notepad++, which is great and plain simple, but now i saved a lot of my time with eclipse(error checking, faster Object orientation programming...)...
 

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You can use XAMPP located here
apache friends - xampp for linux
I normally use a Linux VPS for developing PHP, but when it came to developing some stuff on my Windows laptop recently I found EasyPHP EasyPHP | Install a local WAMP server : PHP 5 VC9, Apache 2 VC9, MySQL 5, PhpMyAdmin, Xdebug and Modules on Windows XP/Vista/Seven to be perfect.

It all works out of the box, nice admin interface, PHPMyadmin etc, and a little app in the tray for starting / restarting Apache and MySQL. Much prefer it to XAMPP which seems somewhat bloated in comparison.

edit oh and for what it's worth, I've always preferred PSPad editor PSPad - freeware HTML editor, PHP editor, XHTML, JavaScript, ASP, Perl, C, HEX editor over Notepad++. It has a built-in FTP client and all sorts.
 

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i use phpDesigner. it's pretty good for php, css, javascripts... cheap to buy and worth buying!