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    looking for editor with this features

    Hi.

    I'm looking for simple PHP editor that has the following features:

    1- word completion
    2- debugging lines of code
    3- simple and light and good in organising files
    4- cross-platform (not required but better if it's avaiable)
    5- ability to save code snippets to use them later (not required but better if it's avaiable)\
    6- specialized for PHP.

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    Eclipse PDT is close, but might not hit every point exactly. I'm not sure on #5, though you could just have a separate project folder for code snippets.
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    Anyone tried Dreamweaver? does it provide debugging for PHP?

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    I use DW because it has the snippets window. I has syntax highlighting and the basics.
    As far as debugging, print_r and echoing out vars is pretty much it.
    What I lack in acuracy I make up for in misteaks

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    NetBeans is an alternative to Eclipse. I use both and think they are about the same.

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    Have you tried Bluefish? I have downloaded it but it seems that it does not work with Windows!


    I need a really light one, I mean by light that it should be quick in response to code enteries (by highlighting and code completion).

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    +1 for Netbeans, you can get a PHP addon which gives you lots of nice features like autocomplete, parsing, and its cross-platform.

    I made the switch from Dreamweaver about a year ago and never looked back. Dreamweaver is great for front end HTML and CSS, not at all great for programming.
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    I hate Dreamweaver. I will honestly admit I look down on people who call themselves developers who use Dreamweaver. There is just much more appropriate software out there such as; Eclipse, Netbeans, etc for programming purpose. Dreamweaver, is really good for one thing, translating design mock-ups into horrible, automated code. If I were in the position to hire people and someone told me they used Dreamweaver, I'd probably end the interview at that instant. To me it just demonstrates a really poor decision, inability to change or improve. Go with Eclipse, Netbeans or if your able to afford it, Zend Studio. Never tried Bluefish, I prefer Ecplise myself, though I would use Zend Studio in a heart beat if it were an option where I work.

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    Thousands of these questions and millions on responses...but I guess I'll add mine again...I use Komodo IDE (Paid for, there is a free version called Edit) it pretty much covers your list except for 6. It Specializes in multiple languages not just PHP. Plus I like having the ability to have to files open at once side by side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    Thousands of these questions and millions on responses...but I guess I'll add mine again...I use Komodo IDE (Paid for, there is a free version called Edit) it pretty much covers your list except for 6. It Specializes in multiple languages not just PHP. Plus I like having the ability to have to files open at once side by side.

    http://www.activestate.com/komodo-ide
    Hi logic_earth

    I have downloaded komodo, it seems to be OK but the auto-completion feature is quite slow. I need something which resposnse quickly at this feature!

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    Hi guys.

    Anyone tried Rapid PHP?

    http://www.blumentals.net/rapidphp/index.php

    I will download it now

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    I found this one: http://editra.org

    I liked it, but it just needs code completion and debugger. Anyone know something simple like this which contains debugger and word completion feature?

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    There appears to be a lot of (good) noise in the community surrounding PHPStorm, and its upcoming second version.

    It might be worth a look.
    @AnthonySterling: I'm a PHP developer, a consultant for oopnorth.com and the organiser of @phpne, a PHP User Group covering the North-East of England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahundiak View Post
    NetBeans is an alternative to Eclipse. I use both and think they are about the same.

    I have just downloaded NetBeans and I'm going to try it.

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    Which one is better? NetBeans or Eclipse?


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