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    what PHP editor do u use ??

    I'm newbie and I never dealing with PHP before

    i use dreamweaver is it work fine as PHP editor?? or there another PHP editors work better than dreamweaver ??

    any recommendation PLZ......

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    I use vim for all of my PHP development.

    I wouldn't suggest learning vim AND another language at the same time, however.
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    I use vim for all of my PHP development.

    I wouldn't suggest learning vim AND another language at the same time, however.
    Thx for fast reply

    what about dreamweaver is it consider PHP editor??

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    Dreamweaver is fine to use to edit PHP, I wouldn't trust it to correctly markup my html however.

    I use Aptana Studio for all my coding, which is free. For something more lightweight you can try pspad. google them for links.

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    You can use Zend Studio For Eclipse or PHP Designer 2008

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    I use Zend Studio for Eclipse and SciTE. It depends what I am working on.

    Using a dedicated PHP editor gives you niceties such as code completion, inline suggestions, etc.

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    I am using free version of Komodo Edit. They have also commercial version if you want some kick-*** features but free version already has lots of good stuff - syntax highlighting (not only PHP, dozens of laguages - both markup ones such as XML, HTML and programming such as PHP, JSP, C, C++, Java etc), autocompletion of code, very userfriendly work with filesystem right inside the editor etc.

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    I've been using a demo copy of Rapid PHP for a while and it has some pretty nice features. I'm trying to decide if there is more benefit than using Dreamweaver, though. Dreamweaver does just fine as an editor and has some other nice features. Many posts claim that the html output of dreamweaver is not that great. This can be true but you can learn to use Dreamweaver and not have those problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jondolar View Post
    Many posts claim that the html output of dreamweaver is not that great. This can be true but you can learn to use Dreamweaver and not have those problems.
    In my experience, the type of people who are attracted to Dreamweaver are the same people who are not interested in the code it outputs.

    I hate to generalize, but I find this case is most common.
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    The problem isn't only with Dreamweaver, it's with all WYSIWYG... none of them can produce semantic markup + plus they often use tons of redundant markup (just try do write XHTML for some simple page by hand and then do it in DW... the file DW will output will be at least 2 times as big as yours).... it's just a nightmare to maintain such markup (both X/HTML and CSS are horrid).

    Personally I write XHTML/CSS by hand... much much cleaner code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhanson View Post
    In my experience, the type of people who are attracted to Dreamweaver are the same people who are not interested in the code it outputs.

    I hate to generalize, but I find this case is most common.
    I use only dreamweaver and it is always in code view, I could not live without the snippets window.

    Besides, in a php heavy page there is no design view anyway so the html is how you mark it up yourself.

    I have yet to find a free editor that has the snippets panel.

    BTW, I inherited my DW from a person that was going to make his own site and decided to hire me and gave me his DW, I have never looked back.
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    NuSphere PHPEd.

    It isn't free, but its i.m.o. the best PHP IDE out there.

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    Notepad++

    But I'd recommend a proper PHP IDE with good syntax highlighting and codecompletion/suggestions.

    Something that understands OOP and has an integrated PHP.net reference tool

    ...

    A visual database modeler also comes handy once you learn SQL. I'd recommend dbdesigner-fork.

    (the MySQL workbench is incomplete at the moment so I suggest not using that until it supports database connectivity </rant>)

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    I recommend NetBeans 6.5, PHP Edition.

    It's just like PHPDesigner but completely free, and it very handy.

    Second to NetBeans is Notepad++.

    Maybe we should make an IDE sticky... these threads pop up so often.
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    I use Eclipse with PDT (PHP Development Tools).

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    Dreamweaver is general web design tool

    Its a bit good of js, good of work flow, good html support, a bit good programming language support.

    If you like the touch-feel of typing your php code swiftly, you may want to try a single text editor. I recommend e-text a very simple text-editor with autocomplete


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