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    Good PHP Text Editors

    Hello all
    I am completely new to PHP and are looking for a good text editor to efficiently color code the language to make it a bit easier to identify. I would appreciate some links to your favorite editors. Thanks!

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    TextPad
    PHPedit

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    This has been discussed in this thread recently:

    http://www.sitepointforums.com/showt...hreadid=105113

    My favourite is editPlus.

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    EditPlus allllll the way.

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    WinSyntax. Best one I've ever seen.
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    On linux nedit is the best I have found. I configured its syntax highlighting to be just like EditPlus.

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    I too am new to PHP. I have seen a few which are really good. My Favourite one is EDITPLUS...


    <A HREF="http://www.maguma.com/en/index.html">Maguma</A>


    <A HREF="http://www.editplus.com">EditPlus</A>

    And finally there is a whole list at the php web site which is at http://phpeditors.dancinghippo.com/

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    I think Zend IDE is pretty good.

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    Thanks everyone.

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    As you haven't developed a preference yet, highly recommend looking at http://www.phpedit.net/ (if Windows) - some great PHP specific features which will probably come in useful as you get more experienced.

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    Also consider DW MX... just don't ask where I got my copy from. LoL

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    Thumbs up Dreamweaver MX

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Livingston
    Also consider DW MX... just don't ask where I got my copy from. LoL
    I would agree with the Doc on this. While I'm new to PHP/MySQL, I've been using Dreamweaver for site development since version 3 and never looked back. A VERY good package for web design and you can use it's editor for what you want and set the syntex color codes any way you choose.

    Best of luck.

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    At somepoint someone should do a tutorial on PHP and Dreamweaver MX. Personally, last time I looked, I wasn't too impressed by the PHP code Dreamweaver generated when given a MySQL database but may be I didn't give it enough time of day. Played with the Dreamweaver PHAkt extension a little from InterAkt (http://www.interakt.ro/products/catlist.php?id_pct=2) which was interesting.

    Still see no compelling reason to give up a text editor yet though.

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    I use DW MX to test the database queries though I don't use any generated scripts.

    Also I like the part where you can create complex TABLEs and later clean up the markup yourself 8)

    But one thing that is missing is that the start { and end } brackets of functions and classes etc are not underlined when you put the cursor over either one.

    My last editor had this and it helped a great deal with script using a lot of conditions or when functions etc spread over the page.

    It's sadly missing from DW MX 8(

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    I do not like Dreamweaver at all. I am not a big fan of WYSIWYG editors. I prefer to learn the code myself, and write the code myself. Thanks for the suggestion anyways...

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    If you need to develop on both Win32 and Linux, than the ZendStudio will be a blessing, and what's best, you don't have to buy it straight away, you don't even have to buy it at all.

    I have been using UltraEdit for a long time on Win32, but i was forced to develop on Linux (project specific), and really, Linux simply doesn't have any decent text editors at all (vi and emacs aside guys, it takes a looong time to get started with those), well maybe nedit isn't so bad, but the file selection dialog *sigh*...). So i said, what the hell, let's give ZendStudio a try....ooh i can tell you, there is nothing alike, everything is behaving exactly the same on both Win32 and Linux!!! Thank you Zend!

    But of course, if you only develop on Win32, well then you have a lot of options, and i have tried all of them, and IMHO UltraEdit is simply the best .

    Dreamweaver....well i don't like it neither, i hate programms who write code for me, and suck at it as well....i'd rather use notepad before i use Dreamweaver... but that's just me

    Anyway, hope this helps somewhat

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    I agree about the WYSIWYG editors - I code HTML myself as well though some times with complex embedded TABLEs you loose the plot so DW does the job for you LoL

    This is about the only part of the editor I use since DW can do some messy HTML - though never as bad as a lot of other WYSIWYG editors I might add 8)

    About Zend Studio - I'm still waiting on my ''copy'' (s****** ?) it's in the post though I'm having to wait for it 8(

    Though I think I'd proberly dump DW MX in favour of ZendStudio as soon I can get my hands on it 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Livingston
    Though I think I'd proberly dump DW MX in favour of ZendStudio as soon I can get my hands on it 8)
    You don't have to think about that, im 99,99% sure of that.

    Oh and btw, what you mean you're still waiting for your serial? You can keep on using it as long as you want, only a few functions are disabled after a period of 21 days (hint), which means you can still use it.

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    I use editPlus too. I'll have to check out nEdit because I've been getting more into linux and may eventually convert if I can find a text editor that even comes close to editPlus.

    Have any of you guys tried bluefish?

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    ConTEXT isnt bad... Though it only colors the syntax after you save your work.

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    Another vote for www.editplus.com
    Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

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    I have some consumer questions:

    Which of these finish brackets and parenthesis for you and offer automatic indentation? Does editplus do that?

    Which of these applications recognize your custom functions and classes and color code them accordingly?

    Which suggest methods like in VS.NET? Where you would type "$goldfish->" and your editor would present you with a list of all of the methods you might use.

    Although these threads are common, people seldom put a lot of "sale" into their favorite editor... it's more like "I like bistroEdit" with little to back it up.

    I want people to stick up for their favorites and give me the pros and cons. In other words, I'm requesting, no, DEMANDING that consumer research be hand fed to me. Seriously, I guess that is what I am asking, but I'm sure it would benefit a number of people, your efforts would not be wasted. :-)
    Using your unpaid time to add free content to SitePoint Pty Ltd's portfolio?

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    Datune - On ZendStudio how much is the licence ? Exactly LoL

    It wont cost me a dime mate LoL - How much do you think I spent on getting DW MX ? Nowt...


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