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    Best open source/ inexpensive PHP IDE?

    what's the opinion of the forum on this? Thx. lkj

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    My vote is for PHPEdit I have never found a better editor for syntax highlighting options

    Cheers,
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    Revised: Looking for *NIX -> Best open source/ inexpensive PHP IDE?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taoism
    My vote is for PHPEdit I have never found a better editor for syntax highlighting options

    Cheers,
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    Sorry, I'm specifically interested on *NIX platform PHP IDE. Thx. lkj

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    i use bluefish
    it is light and it has all the features i ask it to have
    we are the knigts who say nee !

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    why dont try Eclipse ?
    it has two php plugins and many more other quite useful stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sike
    why dont try Eclipse ?
    it has two php plugins and many more other quite useful stuff.

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    Got URLs for the php plugins?

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    I've found PHPEclipse to be of higher quality than Trustudio...

    I tend to use sciTE (http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html) for most of my text editing needs, code folding, and highly customizable. <3 sciTE.

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    I tend to use sciTE (http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html) for most of my text editing needs, code folding, and highly customizable. <3 sciTE.
    Nice tip. I get finger trouble switching from Linux / Emacs (use PHP Mode for Emacs) to Windows/Editplus (normally), which is a necessity. Eclipse is probably the way to go for a cross platform editor but in the end, still prefer a light weight editor (now looking at Scite).

    Another along that lines is JEdit, with this PHP plugin. Jedit has some nice XML add ons as well (e.g. XSLT).

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    If you try JEdit, it's also worth having a play with its siamese twin, Jext.
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    vim

    Quote Originally Posted by lkj
    what's the opinion of the forum on this? Thx. lkj
    If you can spare a year or two to learn vim you will never look back... For some reason not many people are convinced by this argument

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    i like HTMLKit pretty much
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    Obviously its the never looking back part, if you can't look behind you, driving becomes VERY dangerous!

    Alot of these arguments come down to what people are looking for. I use sciTE because alot of the time, folder trees are just clutter. The thing is that sciTE is ONLY a text editor, you have no idea what functions you have defined and so on.

    With alot of the others, you do, but it just feels unnecessary. Personally, I just use sciTE's code folding, so I can see the signatures of all my methods quickly, which is ALMOST as good as having a class diagram or an equivalent.

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    Is everyone forgetting that this needs to be a Linux editor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWulf
    Obviously its the never looking back part, if you can't look behind you, driving becomes VERY dangerous!
    Dangerous indeed, but more like a weapon-- most people can't handle it

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    Quote Originally Posted by culley
    If you can spare a year or two to learn vim you will never look back...
    I've considered giving up Vim for a while and using one of these so-called IDEs to see if it's actually helpful. I suppose it would be be good for me--I might learn something--but it's probably as hard as quitting smoking. I can do it for a half hour or so, then the Vim urge gets the better of me.
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    Is everyone forgetting that this needs to be a Linux editor?
    That would apply for SciTE, Jext, JEdit and Eclipse (assuming recent Java RE available for last three).

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    Cool I'd suggest HomeSite, but...

    It's really a shame that Macromedia HomeSite (now in version 5.5) hasn't continued to mature as a text editor. Nick Bradbury of Bradsoft, HS' original creator, developed it to only run on Win32. Unfortunately, Macromedia has chosen to continue this single-platform tradition, which leaves the Mac and *nix crowds out in the cold.

    The latest incarnation does have some PHP support, and you can install some PHP-specific plugins from third parties. Its WYSIWYG brother, DreamWeaver MX 2004, does have a good level of PHP support and is at least available on the Mac platform...though it forces Mac users to integrate with BBEdit, easily the worst Web programming IDE in history (sorry, just my opinion).

    I would love nothing more than to see an open source effort spring up (you listening, SourceForgers?) to recreate HomeSite for the masses. Until then, I will continue to patiently muddle through earnest efforts like Bluefish and Quanta Gold.

    Just my two bits...and that won't even buy a cup of Java

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    try jEdit. very clean interface, wonderful "intelisense" and code coloring.
    good folding. open architecture (with many good plug-ins).
    i really love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threed
    try jEdit. very clean interface, wonderful "intelisense" and code coloring.
    good folding. open architecture (with many good plug-ins).
    i really love it.
    I second that. (BTW, maybe we should have a poll on this?) As I mentioned before, I'm a confirmed Vim addict, but I've tried a few others briefly. I usually leave in disgust when I can't find an easy way to edit two files side by side. jEdit can do that though.
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    NEdit is quite good. Although it doesnt like my new setup and wont compile, but ill soon sort that

    AJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdulteratedJedi
    NEdit is quite good. Although it doesnt like my new setup and wont compile, but ill soon sort that

    AJ
    It was easy to install, but I couldn't find any syntax highlighting for PHP. What am I missing?
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    You can find them on their FTP. Under the Highlighting Patterns Directory

    PHP3 Pattern
    PHP4 Pattern
    PHP4 + HTML Pattern

    Hope they Help

    AJ


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