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    What is a good PHP IDE for SYNTAX HIGHLIGHTING?

    I am looking for a good PHP IDE, which has excellent syntax highlighting. I love dreamweaver MX's but it uses too much RAM, as it is designed as a WYSIWYG editor, so has all those extra features I DON'T WANT. Heck, I'd be fine with notepad, as long as it had great syntax highlighting!

    So, what do you recommend? I've tried editplus, ultraedit, and maguma studio for php, and didn't really like any of their highlighting methods. One thing I really like about Dreamweaver is that it highlights predefined variabled a diff color, like $_POST and $_GET, rather than making them the same color as $var1 and $var2.

    Thanks in advance for all recommendations!
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    I *love* PHPEdit -- www.phpedit.net

    The best part is that PHP code is hidden when your cursor is in HTML, and vice-versa, enabling easy visual separation of content from programming.
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    Both Kate and KDevelop do a great job as well.

    www.kde.com.
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    Doesn't really qualify as an IDE, but SciTE is a very good code editor. It's the one I use to tweak my DWMX code, and to add all my PHP.

    EDIT: forgot to say, I like its code highlighting a lot.

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    never heard of it, but I will check it out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodyear
    Doesn't really qualify as an IDE, but SciTE is a very good code editor. It's the one I use to tweak my DWMX code, and to add all my PHP.

    EDIT: forgot to say, I like its code highlighting a lot.
    i use scite too and i like it lots! i like how it's fast loading, and the highlighting too

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    I use a program called Editplus, can't remember the URL but I'm sure a search on Google or Download.com will do the trick

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    Interesting, although I really don't like the style of how (refer to their screenshot) you expand/collapse functions etc. I've seen it in Visual Studio .NET, and well, I guess I am just not ready for it yet lol.

    Any other recommendations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lieut_data
    I *love* PHPEdit -- www.phpedit.net

    The best part is that PHP code is hidden when your cursor is in HTML, and vice-versa, enabling easy visual separation of content from programming.
    I remember using PHPEdit, and actually, I really didn't like the fact that it ended up "graying out" the code from another language... I often have them mixed, and it got really ugly and, in my opinion, hard to work with!
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    Quote Originally Posted by W. Luke
    Both Kate and KDevelop do a great job as well.

    www.kde.com.
    I haven't tried KDevelop yet either, but I will take a look at it too!
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    Just looking at KDevelop now, and as I mentioned, I don't really like that style of how you expand/collapse the diff functions etc.

    I also looked at the website, and didn't see any mention of PHP syntax highlighting support...?
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    with scite it doesn't expand/collapse php code...just javascript and probably others that i have no clue about

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    Is it possible to disable that? I do use JS in my code, and I really just cannot stand that type of feature!
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    yeah you can disable it...the SciTEGlobal.properties file lets you configure almost everything..
    here's the folding part of that file:

    # Folding
    # enable folding, and show lines below when collapsed.
    fold=1
    fold.compact=1
    fold.flags=16
    fold.symbols=1
    #fold.on.open=1

    edit: one other thing i'll mention...you can change preferences in teh actual program, but they don't seem to save...so you have to edit the actual file..not hard but maybe an annoyance

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    Homesite, which you probably already have if you have dreamweaver. It came on my dreamweaver cd, though I had already been using it for years.
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    nomatteus: okay thanks I will take a second look at it!

    Crowe: I used Homesite 5 at someplace I went, and I actually didn't like its syntax highlighting... It seems that Dreamweaver is the only one which highlights predefined variabled ($_POST, $_GET, etc)... surely there must be others that do it as well!?
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    the editplus url is http://www.editplus.com which I like and use , like most decent editors you can configure the syntax highlighting if you so wish, but its a text editor not an IDE.

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    Sorry, I guess I didn't really mean an IDE
    What I *want* is a notepad with excellent syntax highlighting!

    I've tried editplus, and well... it is limited
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    You will have tought luck finding an editor that has syntax highlighting just as you want it out of the box. Most require some tweaking. Its not really that hard. I'm sure if you just used one of the ones mentioned above for a little bit you'll figure it out.

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    By "tweaking" do you mean just playing with the preferences of the syntax highlighting? Unless I am mistaken, none of the ones mentioned, besides dreamweaver mx, has the option for a color code of predefined variables.
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    Yes. Editplus has this option. What you have to do if edit the file that has the words in it that match the color you want. In Editplus you go to the option page that you set the color options on and find the file. I believe you can click to open it form the menu and edit it to your needs.

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    HMm... don't quite understand you Ben. I've got editplus right here... how do I do it?
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    ooooh I just looked on the editplus.com website, and it had a download for PHP 4.3.2 syntax highlighting... I will use that and likely edit it a bit... thanks!
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    I use UltraEdit32 and really enjoy it. Highlighting colors are customizable, and has a built in FTP client, among other features.

    www.ultraedit.com
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    I second the notion for EditPlus. I have been using Homesite 4.5/5.0 for a few years. Although it is a fairly nice editor, it seems to be fairly resource intensive and maybe has a few memory leaks.

    EditPlus supports almost any language and it is very customizable. Syntax Highlighting, default templates, code snippets and macros are all customizable. You can even add your own tools! I have a button on the toolbar that opens a local version of the PHP manual.

    Every coder has their own preferences and it takes time to set up any new environment just how you like it.

    On another note, why is it that using notepad is like a badge of honor among some programmers? To me it just seems masochistic.

    (no syntax highlighting, no block indenting, no line numbers, no select all, default .txt save, etc..)


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