The use of an IDE eliminates a lot of efforts that go in web development. A PHP language aware editor can certainly help you focus your attention on a real job. Some of these IDE is very popular and used by thousands of PHP developers and programmers on a regular basis.
PHP is one of the most popular web programming languages on the planet. The open source community of PHP has contributed many good tools for developers productivity, however, there is no one size fits all. Every project is unique and the requirements and preferences of developers are different.
This article includes a list of some most popular PHP IDEs: Codelobster PHP Edition, Eclipse PDT, Komodo IDE, NetBeans IDE, PHPStorm, NuSphere PhpED.
Below are the best PHP IDEs in our opinion, (not necessarily in any order)
Komodo ActiveState is a PHP IDE that can be used as an international language development environment and supply Ruby, Perl, and Tcl Python. It can be installed using Smarty and Zend PHP frameworks. You can also use integration involving version control systems (CVS, Subversion and Perforce). Supported operating systems: Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Komodo allows you to begin CGI Environment Simulation and construct web server holodeck. It simulates activities on a real web server. One of the advantages of CGI Environment Simulation is a very fast installation. It is possible to download free 21-day version of Komodo from ActiveState site.
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Aptana Studio, Developed by Aptana Inc. is a leading open-source HTML editor and many people are not aware that it also comes with a PHP support. Aptana Studio is developed on the Eclipse platform. Supported operating systems: Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It has inbuilt support for Smarty and the recent versions for Aptana also include a Debugger for PHP developers. Aptana Studio is built on top of the Eclipse platform and is very stable and powerful.
Most of the IDEs have the opportunity to add and parse any library or framework. After this well-read work autocomplete feature works for the corresponding classes. However Codelobster PHP Edition, thanks to a special plug-in, has a possibility to create PHP projects using many open source PHP frameworks automatically, add new modules and components, look-ahead Templates in special Theme Editor and serve Context with help original sites. The choice is yours!
There are a number of other productivity PHP IDEs too, besides the ones mentioned. Do let us know if you have used some other tools or plug-ins which you were impressed with.
- Updated on May 2019: Minor changes and updates to the introduction section. Images are updated to HTTPS.