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    I'd second the dual-monitor approach. So much easier to have your IDE in one and browser/other info on the other.

    For SSH/FTP I've found the SSH Tectia Client (www.ssh.com) to be a pretty good tool for both.

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    I'm a vim zealot (I don't think I edit in anything else) and use alot of scripts to do all kinds of neat stuff in it.

    Here are some handy vim scripts I like:
    SQLUtilities : SQL utilities - Formatting, generate - columns lists, procedures for databases
    PHPDoc for vim

    There's more, you can look here.

    I am sure there are equivalents for emacs, but I'm not an emacs guy (flamewar avoided).

    James Carr, Software Engineer


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    For UML I've used Umbrello in the past and it worked quite well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweatje
    First two are obsolete with the advent of a printable whiteboard and dry erase markers

    And maybe that will be obsolete with the advent of Tablet PC's; unless you really want a large board for others to see. Then again, you could always hook a Tablet PC up to a projector.

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    has anyone tried the php pluggin for eclipse, is it any good, I'm loving the trial version of zend studio 4 at the mom but nit sure whether to get or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich_gib
    has anyone tried the php pluggin for eclipse, is it any good, I'm loving the trial version of zend studio 4 at the mom but nit sure whether to get or not
    I tried one of them a couple years ago (can't remember the name of it). Zend Studio is far more complete, but if all you're looking for is syntax highlighting and a decent overall IDE, then Eclipse is very good (and free!). For me, Zend Studio makes things a lot easier, although I'm not a fan of its file manager.

    Eclipse's plugin architecture is superb and it would be possible to make it better than Zend if anyone decided to take the time. You could easily integrate a full debugger, server control panel, ftp/sftp file upload, cvs/subversion control, syntax checking, etc into Eclipse.

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    I use the php plug-in for Eclipse, plus the SFTP plug-in. It is a great open environment, great version control and build integration. I find myself discovering useful new plug-in from outside the PHP world all the time. That said, the PHP plug-in for Eclipse is no match for Zend Studio. It really depends on what you want: just an editor, an editor plus some productivity stuff, or a full IDE. I fall in the middle category.

    It is a shame that there is not more effort behind using Eclipse for PHP development because it really is the best open IDE platform. But with Zend needing to go their own way and Eclipse percieved as a Java tool it just hasn't happened.
    Christopher

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    Dual monitor is da bomb.

    AppServ is one solution, but I tend to us XAMMP (http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html).

    Lots of good tools here I never knew about..great thread.

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    I have been using PSPad for php coding. so far i have no complaints....it is a freeware.
    http://www.pspad.com/

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    SourceEdit - Syntax highlighting text editor.
    CoreFTP Lite - Super-sexy FTP
    phpMyAdmin - Free CMS.

    By the way, The Regex Coach looks pretty good. Thanks for the link.

    Edit:

    I tried out PSPad, but I have 2 major problems with it:
    1. Comic Sans MS
    2. Screwed up Microsoft Word (which screwed up Source Edit, Evillyrics).
    Last edited by Young Twig; Mar 19, 2005 at 09:45.

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    Off Topic:

    Downloaded AppServ earlier today due to a problem I was having with Apache, and it didn't install either the Apache service, nor the MySql service

    Just starting to get my WAMP back together again but to put it politely that I waste an hour trying to get AppServ working on my box has just gone and annoyed me.


    A warning for others, who are looking to avoid a bad experience. In this case, it's the PHP5.0.3 version of AppServ in my case.

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    * Vim under OS X including scp commands hotkeyed (function keys)
    * Apache & MySql on my OS X box to test locally
    * php.net/manual

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    I pretty much use Dreamweaver MX for most of my development.

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    This is an interesting topic. I've enjoyed the responses. :-)

    For my list, it would go something like this:

    Subversion (CVS is fine, so I adapt as needed)
    Apache-Test (the most professional testing framework I've seen)
    APD (Xdebug is probably fine, but I'm used to APD)
    vim (I adapt as needed)

    For the design stages, I still prefer paper and whiteboards to computer software. I somehow feel less restricted and more creative that way. :-)
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    but the brain first....
    She's my german fraulein

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    Hi...

    Quote Originally Posted by shiflett
    For the design stages, I still prefer paper and whiteboards to computer software. I somehow feel less restricted and more creative that way. :-)
    Try CRC cards. They handle more complex situations than a whiteboard alone and allow all memebers of a team to contribute.

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    I have used Poseidon for UML before but Enterprise Architect is better IMO ...and cheaper

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    Winsyntax, and firefox. Oh and my LAN server of course, with samba, apache/mysql/php. but for the actual development I use winsyntax which is a text editor. Can't seem to find it online anymore though but there's plenty of alternatives such as notepad++ which I'm starting to like for C++.

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    This may seem a little off from the other recomendations, but I really like the HTML/CSS cheat sheets from http://www.visibone.com/ I actually have their binder package with Javascript, color charts, etc. that I keep with me when I am doing web development.

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    Okay, here is my list then.

    -WinCVS - my version control
    - textpad.com - my editor..great and many addons available, Java compile support, etc. I like it.
    -AppServe - my WAMP helper
    - eclipse - my framework helper. I don't use PEAR very often, because I never really needed it yet. Got most of the stuff I needed from phpclasses.org.
    -putty/putty key, etc. - my ssh client
    -simpletest
    -Enterprise Architect, althrough I prefer to use a pencil and paper for some first drwas. Once my mind is settled I might use either EA or ArgoUML to make some diagrams for my technical design documents.

    Soon looking into the eclipse plugin. Great thread, thanks for the links. Oh and yes...regexCoach seems to be a gift from above.

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    lots of code snippets,
    a really modified DW (messing with the configuration files really pays off),
    dual monitors,
    optical mouse,
    tons of music with sony MDR V700 headphones (used to DJ)
    chm of the php manual,
    zend studio (profiler and built in phpdocumentor comes in handy),
    different versions of mysql (with the tray administrator for mysql), php4 + 5,
    firefox with developer tools
    ie6 with hacked versions of 5 and 5.5 to run on the same desktop,
    w3.org
    (a little off topic) but tidy
    now if they only visio working with php (you can sometime get it to work with mysql)
    tons of books for reference.
    playing around with rapid php 2004 from blumental

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    Why are dual monitors so useful for development by the way?

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    I wrote a php5 class browser thing sometime ago, using the new Reflection API.

    PHP5 Class browser

    Find I use it quite often, when can't remember constants, or method names, or drop in a new extension and see what it provides to PHP.

    Source is in CVS. (Havent quite looked at how todo file releases yet.

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    i used Visio
    Visual Paradigm...

    but i'll try what other posted here..

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    MySQL Control Center is GREAT for MySQL control

    Dearmweaver for php but I will likely move to a fuller IDE because I want to easier use PEAR

    PEAR has been very useful


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