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    PHP Editors

    It's been bugging me ever since I figured out there were better programs then Dreamweaver MX for code edting. :P

    I'm just curious what you use for PHP editing and whatnot, curious to find the right fit for me. I've tried out Komodo, jEdit, and Eclipse but none of them really had very good color coding (I'm big on appearances). Eclipse also wasn't very friendly to me, I might not have set it up right with the right plugins or something.

    I'm playing around with Maguma Workbench now, and rather like it, but it's rather expensive...
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    I use HTML-Kit for all my coding - HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP etc. You can customise the colour-coding and it's free (www.chami.com/html-kit/)

    There's also many plug-ins for it including specific PHP ones - or you can even create your own!

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    I'm a huge fan of Ultraedit (http://www.ultraedit.com). Very customizeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melchiorus
    I'm just curious what you use for PHP editing and whatnot,
    i really hate to say this but meanwhile there are so many threads right about this very theme that i think a search will bring you much further.
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    My personal preference is Textpad .
    • Super fast
    • Capable of handling huge files
    • very customizable and "macro" oriented
    • excellent syntax files and add-on collection
    • VERY small memory footprint
    • VERY stable (I've never had a single bug come up in 3 years of developing in it)


    It can be integrated with CVS and SourceSafe with a little effort. Since you can map keyboard shortcuts to command line commands (with built in common arguments like filename, current directory, etc), you can set up macros to do just about anything within it.

    It has a free version that is exactly the same as the non-free version only it gives you a little popup saying you are using the free version every 30 or so saves... I gladly handed over the 30 bucks or so after I'd tested it out for about 2 months. Couldn't be happier with it.

    All comes down to preference, though. I'm not much of a WYSIWYG guy, so it works for me. I'm not a designer, though! (read: my graphics look like stick figures!)
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    Without a doubt, Homesite.

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    www.editplus.com -> Once you try it, you'll never want anything else

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    I like Weaverslave most of all, but also use Maguma and my own small editor.
    So my choice changes with the work to do. For very small things I use my own editor. It is very fast, lightweight and (because of Java-Swing) looks really good.
    For more expensive things (where I also need to check the PHP-Code [a thing I don't get to work with Weaverslave, but is no problem with Maguma or my own editor]) I like to use Maguma.
    But it is slow for me and don't support PHP5.
    For my larger projects I use Weaverslave. It doesn't have most of the Features of Maguma, but is faster and I like it someway more.

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    Web32pad - Just one advanced version of notepad. No syntax colouring but I like it because I code in both Perl/CGI and PHP.

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    Crimson Editor or gvim

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    I like NotePad... not very fancy, but hey... you can't beat the stability of Microsoft Software!!!






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    If you can afford it buy Zend Studio. I have been very impressed with the newest version. I've been using Zend Studio for close to 2 years now. It's code analyzer, profiler and debugging are fantastic. The code completion works great and it also supports php5. They have a 21 day trial and also a free version that has some features disabled.

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    Its a matter of personal opinion, personally I don't think anything is better than dreamweaver

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    you can't beat the stability of Microsoft Software!!!
    I believe you were looking for sarcasm.

    I don't think the editor really makes a huge difference as long as you are comfortable with the features. Personally I don't really use a whole lot of features when I'm writing php code so I tend to use notepad.
    Keith Rousseau

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    Yeah, thanks for all the replies, I don't really do much but code anymore. Auto-completion (intellisense I think) is the most advanced feature I've used in a while.

    I used Zend Studio for a while, but it took forever just to show the loading screen, and I have a top end computer. I'll search around and see what I can find maybe.
    -Melchior (Stephen Craton)

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    PHPEdit rocks, though you're now required to request a licesnce (free for non-commercial use), to use v1.0

    v.8 suits me fine, at the moment....
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    um, I use VI, its pretty and quick. Thats the best editor. Argh, I keep trying to hit "esc" then ":w" to save this... lol.

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    vi is the one editor I can't stand. I prefer ve for unix.
    Keith Rousseau

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    Quote Originally Posted by melchiorus
    I used Zend Studio for a while, but it took forever just to show the loading screen, and I have a top end computer. I'll search around and see what I can find maybe.
    I agree that versions 3.0 and below were known for being slow. But 3.5.0 starts 4 times faster and uses alot less memory. Get the eval for 3.5 and atleast give it a try. If the free editors do what you need you can't beat them.


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