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    SitePoint Evangelist OwainGDWilliams's Avatar
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    Good development programs?

    I was just wondering what people use to develop their PHP sites. I know ASP.NET has Visual Studio and I wondered if there was anything similiar for PHP.

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    Well, I all around recommend Zend Studio, because it's made by the company that made the engine behind php (the zend engine). That said, they pretty much have the most comprehensive code completion available.

    Not only that, but if you have a development platform running Zend Platform, you can get really nice debugging and profiling info out of it.

    For a free route, you can use the Eclipse platform and the PHP Development Tools (PDT).

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    Cheers, will try the trial on the Zend site and see how I get on with it.

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    There is also Nusphere PhpED, Komodo (I'm using that now), lots more for IDEs out there.

    Could also use a text editor like EditPlus, or Vim, Emacs, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_fuel View Post
    For a free route, you can use the Eclipse platform and the PHP Development Tools (PDT).
    +1. Awsome program still very new as of this posting 1.0.3 doesn't quite have the autocomplete capabilities of Zend(yet) but the plugins add support for feature you may find are lacking (html / css editing) and xdebug integration is also a lifesaver.

    I used to use Dreamweaver for PHP after trying Eclipe (and toying with Zend) I don't know what I was thinking

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    I invariably use Nushpere PhpEd all the time.

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