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I haven't done PHP in awhile and have been using Visual Studio...

What do you use and what do you recommend?
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Khanh Doan earned 74 total points
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I use EditPlus (editplus.com)
or you can use DreamwareX ( I don't remember the name, something like that)

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by:DuNuNuBatman
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Yea, I use to use Dreamweaver, I just didn't know if you guys had anything new :-)
I was looking at Eclipse pluggins, but it looks like there isn't anything for PHP yet so that is a bit surprising...
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Editplus is ok too. It's easy to use. Love it :D
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If you used to work on visual staudio then you may be comfortable using http://www.jcxsoftware.com/

Also Nusphere is a great IDE that has many features including great Debugging features simillar to Visual Studio debugging. http://www.nusphere.com/products/phped.htm
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Editplus is easy, nice and simple, but it has a big disadvantage from my point of view - it cannot change encodings of documents (Dreamweaver for example can). But you can try it.. maybe you'll like it.
Eclipse is a very good editor and organiser of projects and it has PHP IDE (http://www.eclipse.org/php/install.php) - install it and you will see - this is what I recommend if you want a powerfull tool, but if you will work on "big" projects, you should have at least 1GB RAM to run Eclipse properly :)
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Depends on what you want to do.

Zend Studio is a pretty good IDE
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I still use Dreamweaver personally - version 8.

Fair enough, it's not free, but you get great tools all builtin, such as FTP, Check in/out, code truncation and a Reference Library.

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Try this one, it has all the features that commercial editors have (and more) and it's free!
http://www.mpsoftware.dk/
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Oh, personally I use Vim, it's the best editor in the world, but it's nothing like a normal editor. I will take a while to get used to, but if you get trhough the initial bumps, you'll never go back..
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IMHO one of the most easiest and comfortable IDEs are: Zend Sudio and Activestate Komodo.
But I have to agree with TeRReF, Vim rules :))
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Of course, if its good syntax highlighting you're after, you have to get TextPad (http://www.textpad.com/). It's really good in that you can configure everything to your own needs.

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by:DuNuNuBatman
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At the moment I think I am leaning more towards Eclipse...
I was putting together all the plugins I wanted to use then I found PHPDevelopmentStudio1.1.1 so I'm going to try this today... it is basically all the plugins I found in a prebuilt IDE.

I've heard of a lot of people using Vim for development (I always thought it was a console editor)... what makes it so special?
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You should take a look at PSPad. It is a multipurpose editor having a multiple synthax highlighter. I use it as default tex editor on my PC. It runs very well.

www.pspad.com
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Vim is an improved version of *nix console's editor vi. VI is very powerfull editor. Vi is a console editor, and vim has a graphical desighn. You can learn more about Vim on it's homepage: http://www.vim.org/

PS Vim has version for Win32 machines.
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It really depends on the OS your working on. If I am developing PHP on a Windows box I prefer Zend http://www.zend.com hands down. But If im on a Mac I prefer to use Xcode which is included with all Mac's free of charge. It does not come pre-installed but you can install it by simply using your system disk (disk 1) and installing Xcode and also WebObjects if you want to develope Java applications. If you use Zend it is focused 100% on PHP and if you are just learning the language it will have alot of tools such as code completion and will show you what each function requires and in what order which can really help you out when learning PHP. Take for example the function explode(), When you type the function a box will pop up that will show you the order to supply the arguments such as array explode ( string separator, string string [, int limit] ) so you can easily see the order the function requires without having to keep referencing each function. Zend really is my personal favorite if I am developing on windows but my favorite editor is Xcode. Hope this helps you out a little.
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