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    Hello
    What is the best suitable environment for PHP, I mean editor like notepad, I've heard that Homesite, Interdev, Coldfusion studio are some for ASP, JSP e.t.c, are they good enough for PHP as well...

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    Originally posted by Aatif
    Hello
    What is the best suitable environment for PHP, I mean editor like notepad, I've heard that Homesite, Interdev, Coldfusion studio are some for ASP, JSP e.t.c, are they good enough for PHP as well...
    I remember having a some kind of discussion about this topic not a long ago, perhaps you could check search also.

    But, my personal favourite is definitely TextPad, since it features syntax highlighting, it's easy to use and well, cheap too
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    Yeah, there are several discussions on this, do a search on SPF and you'll see.

    Mine favourite text editor is EditPlus @editplus.com I believe
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    I use Cold Fusion Studio for PHP. It's descent. I wouldn't pay for it though.
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    I agree with Son,
    I used textpad and editplus. I think editplus is better.

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    I use HomeSite for all my PHP coding, version 4.5.2 has some very nice colour coding - better than previous versions.
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    Notepad and HTML-Kit (http://www.chami.com)

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    Homesite is the ebst hands down, color-coding, ability to add custom tags to the menu for automating php code tasks.
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    I like HotDog Professional. Version 6.5 (which has been available in beta for a few months, and for which the final release is due within the next two weeks) has full support for PHP hilighting and through-server previews.

    The choice between HomeSite and HotDog Pro is generally a matter of personal preference -- they're very similar programs. I suggest you download and try both of them. Check next week's issue of the Tech Times for an amazing deal on HotDog Pro, too...
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    I'm using UltraEdit32 from www.ultraedit.com

    It's a shareware text editor (I've bought a license now it's so good) with an unbelievable range of useful features, from spel checking to syntax highlighting, easy quick 'tabbing' of lines of code (if you want to tab an entire block of code - fr example if it's in a conditional statement - you just highlight the block and hit TAB), search and replace through multiple files even if they aren't open in the software and much, much more.

    Best thing is you can download extra 'word lists' and code definitions to add syntax highlighting support for other languages. I've got it set up so I can select highlighting for PHP, JSP, ASP or HTML depending on what I'm writing at the time.

    Finally it's got a groovy add-on in the shape of a replacement 'Notepad.exe' file - replace notepad with it and anything that normally opens in notepad (for example when you view source on a web page) will open in UltraEdit instead.

    Did I mention it's a fully featured hex editor too?

    www.ultraedit.com <-- well worth the shareware license fee

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    Agreed, UltraEdit is an excellent general programmer's editor. If you're looking for a tool that provides features more specific to Web editing, however, HotDog Pro, Homesite, and the other options mentioned in this thread are worth a look.
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