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    PHP writing program

    I am currently using notepad to write php scripts and I am getting quite sick and tired of it. I know there are better programs out there for writing code but I seem to be unable to find them. So my question is, what programs do you guys use to write code and would you recommend them for someone who is new at coding? Thanks.

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    If you are learning PHP, developing PHP code, or debugging PHP code, do yourself a favor and check your web server log for errors and/or turn on full PHP error reporting in php.ini or in a .htaccess file to get PHP to help you.

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    I'm still green at php, but I still do all of my coding in a plain text editor, since I think I learn better that way. I use Crimson Text Editor, which is a pretty good free program.

    But php designer is a good pay application

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    syntax highlighting text editors:
    www.editplus.com
    www.jedit.org

    Open source Integrated Development Environment
    www.eclipse.org

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    I use PHP Designer 2007, you can get the free version (Personal) here:

    http://www.mpsoftware.dk/
    My Website: DumpsterDoggy

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    Quote Originally Posted by PremiumBlend View Post
    I use PHP Designer 2007, you can get the free version (Personal) here:

    http://www.mpsoftware.dk/
    Same, but I have the Professional version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inigoesdr View Post
    Same, but I have the Professional version.
    Same here, it really is very good. Theres a few quirks but overall I'm very happy with it.

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    Just remembered Zend has a development environment, http://www.zend.com/products/zend_studio, anybody used it?

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    I tried it a while back and didn't like it, but you should try all of them until you find one you like.

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    Crimson Text Editor for me too.

    I never liked programs like DreamWeaver because they always seemed so bloated for my needs. Having said that, I wish Crimson had some sort of tab-auto-complete function as you typed out a PHP function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyJ View Post
    Same here, it really is very good. Theres a few quirks but overall I'm very happy with it.
    me 3 im happy with it too

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    Surprised no one mentioned the free PHP editor made by the same people that make Zend Studio (Eclipse itself doesn't come with PHP features)

    Eclipse PDT

    For all the programmers that advocate not reinventing the wheel, it's surprising that they all ignore how much potential is wasted developing an IDE from scratch. Eclipse supports a lot of programming efforts (PHP, Java, C, HTML, CSS, etc.).

    Having said that, I wish Crimson had some sort of tab-auto-complete function as you typed out a PHP function.
    This is the difference between a text editor and an IDE. A text editor will at most color your PHP to make it easier to read, an IDE will actually help you code.

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    I use DW here. Syntax hilighting and code tips for functions. Live data view is good for quick previews. Includes display in the split design view when doing UI stuff. If you forget about the serverside behaviours being there(only good for non-coders), it's a nifty editor.
    I do Web Design, Brisbane based.
    More time spent in PHP/MySQL Web Development.
    And Search Engine Optimisation takes up the rest of it.

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    I use notepad2. Has syntax highlighting which is really all I need. I think there is an option for it to close brackets for you but I've never used it or tried it out.

    http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html


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