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    which editor should I use? - newbie

    As a newbie, which is the best editor to use? I am trying to learn how to use php to make a dynamic photogallery. I read about editplus and eclipse (what does it mean when it says that it has php plugin?)

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    I'll pick Editplus just cause I use it and know exactly what it has to offer, and its $30 bucks well spent.

    Eclipse on the other hand...mixed results most of them not too good. It doesn't support PHP out of the box which is why you need a plugin.

    If you are looking for an IDE rather then just a simple editor, there is Zend Studio, Komodo, and PhpED just to name a few all of which I used for a time. Each has there pros and cons. Currently I am using Komodo.

    If you want to be brave and try something new Vim or Emacs might be fun to learn. Some developers swear by them.
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    Zend Studio is brilliant and I use it all the time. IMO an IDE is essential for coding large projects especially when you are working with multiple developers or foreign code such as prebuilt scripts or frameworks. They make finding functions/classes/variables that much easier.

    If you're just doing a small amount of code, you can't go past editplus
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    I use Notepad++ because its size is small and occupies the less memory. If you can have Adobe Dreamweaver then it should be much easier for specially to see the design view with the HTML.
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    Used to use Zend, but now using PhpEd. It has all the same functionality + more, and doesn't use Java, so runs decently on my pc!

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    I'm a dreamweaver fan (code view only) but I also use PSPad (freeeee!) at times. It highlights code pretty well which comes in very handy when trying to find matching beginning and ending brackets.
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    Thanks to all of you. I am much more enlightened now.

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    I always recommend Komodo Edit when asked. Fantastic features and the price can't be beaten!

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    I have textpad installed for little jobs, and search and replace - it's very good for a non-ide editor :P

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    You can see what code editors everyone at sitepoint likes here.

    I really like Eclipse(free), although it can be a pain to get set up and I HATE trying to muck through their website. I think this may be the easiest way to get going.

    I also fell in love with notepad2(also free) a long time ago for the quick stuff. I recommend fully replacing notepad with it and never looking back.

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    I have been using Intype it is still in beta but it has come a long way and they seem interested in listening to the users and implementing new features. It is free as long as it is in beta. It is also very small and fast. you can check it out here

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    Real men use the notepad that comes with windows.

    Seriously as a beginner don't touch anything you need to pay for (unless you have a big pocket book). Use something free like notepad++ and if you really get into PHP - then ask the question again.

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    I use UltraEdit and I`m very satisfied with options that UltraEdit have.

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    (actually I use jEdit locally and vim on remote systems)

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    I can't live without EditPlus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonshikee View Post
    Real men use the notepad that comes with windows.
    Real men often get confused when reading text files written by real programmers. They can't figure out why everything is on one line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busy View Post
    Real men often get confused when reading text files written by real programmers. They can't figure out why everything is on one line.
    I SEE,

    So by your logic, you're stating real programmers !== real men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonshikee View Post
    I SEE,

    So by your logic, you're stating real programmers !== real men.
    Touche!

    But no, I didn't say they were mutually exclusive. My logic is as follows.

    real programmers == or != real men

    real men == or != real programmers

    default notepad == sometimes useless

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    Thanks a ton to all of you. To think that I had been using plain old notepad all these years. I used to beat my head over syntax errors, not being able to locate a missing , or a ".
    I used to manually go to the line where I made the error.

    So many editors have managed to confuse me, no doubt, but I will just go ahead with one of them and then change if I am not satisfied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajug View Post
    I use Notepad++ because its size is small and occupies the less memory. If you can have Adobe Dreamweaver then it should be much easier for specially to see the design view with the HTML.
    I'm also using Notepad++ though at times I find it complicated. I wish it has a better interface.


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