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Which PHP IDE? / What do you use to code?

Discussion in 'XenForo Development Discussions' started by Shamil, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Kier stated, in his interview that he suggests that developers using the XenForo platform use an IDE. Kier and Mike use Eclipse PDT (though I'm sure I've seen Kier, at least, use Zend Studio).
    I know Zend Studio and PDT are virtually nearly the same, however, what do you recomment we use?
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  2. DarrenL

    DarrenL Member

    I use Zend Studio (mac version)
  3. dmnkhhn

    dmnkhhn Active Member

    I heard nothing but good from PhpStorm @ http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/

    My co-worker used to have Zend Studio but he is now using PhpStorm and he likes it. Too bad that I have problems installing it on my Power-PC at work so I am forced to use Netbeans. :)
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  4. projectego

    projectego Active Member

    I use Notepad++. I don't believe it's primarily meant to be used as a PHP IDE, but it does a pretty damn good job if I do say so, myself.
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  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Notepad++ is just a text editor.

    I use Eclipse, same as Mike & Kier :p
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  6. Sir nick

    Sir nick Well-Known Member

    Eclipse / Notepad++

    depends on what i do and what i feel like.
  7. karrott

    karrott Active Member

    I actually use Espresso for Mac. It's not on the same level as Eclipse, but it allows for a multitude of plugins (called sugars) that support just about any programming language you can think of. Additionally, files are uploaded via SFTP as soon as they are saved. (If you have the option turned on.) This is a must-have feature for lazy developers like me. :p
  8. Sir nick

    Sir nick Well-Known Member

    I've played with that a bit on a mac but don't own one :(.

    If i did own a mac i'd use Espresso.
  9. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    Dude brown nosing wont get you anywhere ... oh hang about ...

    Use Crimson Editor but will check some of the suggestions on this thread :)
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  10. Ahmed

    Ahmed Well-Known Member

    I use PhpED, IMO it's the best PHP IDE out there.
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  11. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    I program in Notepad... uh... thats it.
  12. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    I use Zend Studio, though not really a huge fan of any PHP IDE.
    MatthewEnderle likes this.
  13. compwhizii

    compwhizii Active Member

    I'm loving PhpStorm.
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member


    I like :D
  15. Awesome-o

    Awesome-o Active Member

    UltraEdit, nothing more.
  16. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    I'm not a big fan of php :D but when I do have the immediate need then Dreamweaver !
    (if it's not immediate well then someone else will do it :D)
  17. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    As has been previously mentioned, Mike and I both use Eclipse PDT / Zend Studio, and I recently convinced Matt from IPS to switch to the same (check his tweets for his reaction).

    It's often said that Eclipse is the worse PHP IDE available, except from all the others ;)
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  18. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    Can someone explain to me how exactly an IDE works? How would it make programming for something like XF or VB easier? I assume it keeps track of variable names, classes, and what not... does it do anything else? Does it make it easier to test? Normally to test, I just upload the script to an online environment, and then try to break it; if I can't break it, then there are no bugs. How would something like an IDE make it easier to test a script in an offline environment? Especially since I would use many VB/XF systems, which aren't available in the offline environment.

    I just recently installed Notepad++... and I like that it colors the text... but beyond that, I'm just using it as a basic Notepad. I dont have anything like a PHP server installed on my computer.
  19. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    An IDE allows you to set break points for testing code, it also has an SVN so you can share code with version numbers between developers remotely.
    It's much more than that though, in Eclipse editing/clicking in a file will bring up an overlay menu of available commands/variables, etc.

    If you run a local install then you will need server software, I use XAMPP but there are others available.
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  20. Steffi

    Steffi Active Member

    I use Aptana Studio and Zend Studio. :)
    Both on Mac. :D

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