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    SitePoint Zealot Egghead's Avatar
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    If you want to stay the right side of the law then there are plenty of good open source projects around. It's only an opinion, and I'm not knocking anybody for piracy, but I think it is better to support these projects than rip off one of the commercial packages by getting a pirate copy or sourcing a serial from somewhere. - It's much more in line with the whole PHP attitude too.

    If you support the open source projects, then they will get better and better, possibly surpassing the expensive commercial alternatives (some already do) and you will have done something towards the PHP community. You could even get more involved and help improve the product: bug-solving, documentation/web writing, language translation, graphics etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsm
    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.
    I agree with what you say, and I'm guilty of NOT hand-feeding consumer research on this occasion.

    In answer to your EditPlus question: No I don't think EditPlus finishes brackets for you, and yes it does do auto-indent, and also auto-complete. All these can be turned off (I do). I personally think it's annoying if your editor finishes brackets for you; braces - not so bad; parentheses - no way!

    OK let me explain why I use EditPlus:
    - it's fast - loads up really quick
    - it has syntax-highlighting
    - it auto-indents
    - it allows regular expression based searching
    - multiple file search-and-replace
    - allows you to match braces
    - allows column-select
    - allows me to indent/un-indent multiple selected lines

    That's all I ask of a text editor

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    SitePoint Evangelist Mr. Brownstone's Avatar
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    To add to that list, here are some of my reasons to use EditPlus:
    - Macros (with single/multiple playback)
    - Very nice user/custom-tools feature (if you specify, for example, a CHM help file, when run it will open up and search on whatever word you have selected in the editor)
    - Detects if document uses PC, Unix, or Mac style CR/LFs, and you can change this
    - Auto-backup and auto-save (thank you thank you thank you)

    Honorable mentions:
    - Built-in FTP
    - Spellchecking
    - Decent word-wrapping
    - Function list
    Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Livingston
    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...
    I believe the license starts at 199$. As to the rest of your comment, i couldn't care less, really...

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    SitePoint Evangelist Mr. Brownstone's Avatar
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    Now now, maybe hes getting it on student discount.
    Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

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    phpedit - slightly quirky at times, does the trick though

    - great for building classes as it handles all the comments and code-insight assures you never misspell a variable handle or function name.
    - good syntax highlighting
    - bracket matching
    - function parameter indicators (very useful for GD functions. no need to remember what parameter you're coding as it tells you)
    - free
    teckis - that's news to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snaip
    Good link! A little flooded with out of date editors but still nice.

    Thanks for the extended information, folks!

    I didn't fully take in features of phpedit on my first look:
    [phpedit's]CodeInsight is able to detect the context and provide you items based on this context. For example, if you're in a PHP function, global variables won't be available. If you're writing an HTML attribute, only attributes corresponding to the edited tag will be provided. When Code insight detects that items are available to speed up your work, it will automatically prompt you with useful entries.
    Awesome. I'm going to give phpedit a week to impress me. :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by pootergeist
    phpedit - slightly quirky at times, does the trick though
    ok... what do you mean by quirky? :-)
    Using your unpaid time to add free content to SitePoint Pty Ltd's portfolio?

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    Exactly Mr Brownstone - student discounts 8)

    Not that I advocate in any way the use of illegal software of any nature just so everyone knows okay ? 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsm
    ok... what do you mean by quirky? :-)
    My experience of it's quirkiness was the damn thing crashes when you're in the middle of coding a script, but it is in the beta stage.

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    I'm suprised that no one has mentioned UltraEdit32!

    http://www.ultraedit.com/

    I have found this to be the best $35.00 I've spent on software!
    John

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    They need to sticky an official thread like this. These threads are getting old.

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    Just to add a bit to Edit Plus, for me it has the best syntax highlighting I can find. The default highlighting for PHP makes it very easy to read and it looks good too. Highly Recommended.

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    I've just downloaded and installed the development version of PHPEdit and it is the mutt's nuts!

    All this time I only ever tried the stable version (v 0.6) and it was no better than my old, old, old and buggy version of PHPEd (v 2.96.12 before Nusphere took it over and charged the earth for it)

    PHPEd is up to version 0.8.xx now so hopefully it won't be long before version 1.0 arrives. I wonder if it will be snatched by some commercial enterprise who decide it should cost $$$?

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    I love HTML-Kit I use it for all my coding.


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