I presently develop php-based websites and web apps in Dreamweaver. I paid for the upgrade to CS3 and was a bit underwhelmed. Honestly, if I had to do it over, I would've just kept with the version I had - all the bugs are the same, it doesn't recognize any new php functions that DW 8 didn't, and I even lost a handy extension that is no longer supported.
Anyway, this has me thinking that it may be time to abandon the Dreamweaver line altogether, and I know Zend is often touted by the experts here as a great environment. I downloaded the free trial of Zend studio, and I can tell right away that it'll take a while to learn all the features, but at first glance it seems powerful. Before I get too far into it though, has anyone made the switch from one to the other? Which was better?
If money wasn't an issue (it is, but for the sake of simplicity pretend it isn't) which environment would be better suited for the type of development I want to do? I use a combination of procedural and inline php scripting for small projects, as well as class and package-based scripting for larger ones. Most of the servers my clients use are running php 4, but my own personal server is php 5 and that's the language I really want to develop in from now on.
For courtesy's sake, I would appreciate if only experts who have experience in both IDE's would leave comments (I hope there's at least a few of you out there!). Obviously I don't expect just one person to "answer" this question. Points will be split among every expert who makes a good contribution.
This question was actually inspired by a question asked earlier today. Here's the link: http:Q_22923302.html