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Best program for developing php app and website

Hi,

I need to develop a large app and website in php. In this project I need to use classes, mysql, and maybe javascript and jquery. I want to know if there is a program, somehow like visual studio for example, that has visual framework for php and maybe for javascript/jquery.
I need to know witch is the best program to develop my php project.
I do not think the dreamwaver is the solution for me!

Please help me!
Thank you.

 
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TimBareCommented:
I don't believe there is a "VB-Like" application for developing php. I use Notepad++

It doesn't give you a preview ability, but does do the highlight the code to make it easier to parse.

I've always written my code using notepad / notepad++. If you need help with specific problems, I'm sure the experts here will be more than happy to help out.

hth
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ncooCommented:
I would recommend NetBeans as an IDE.

http://netbeans.org/

Firstly it's free, I've now been using it for over 2 years and highly recommend it, I've tried Eclipse and Zend and much prefer this for my development work.

Take a look at:

http://netbeans.org/kb/trails/php.html

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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
For JavaScript I just use firebug/firefox as it has debugging and breakpoints an everything I use an IDE for.  
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Some PHP developers like Eclipse or Komodo.  Personally, I do my development with either Notepad++ or Textpad.  Notepad++ has the advantage of "code folding."  To test, I use FTP to upload my scripts to a test-bed that is a hosted site with exactly the same environment that I intend to use for the final installation.  FWIW, I almost never write more than 6 or 7 lines of code without testing the code and doing data visualization during the testing.  It seems to keep my debugging process simple and focused.

This is not very high-tech but it has proved to be a dependable process for me.  Best of luck with your project, ~Ray
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I work like Ray does but I use HTMLkit which is a colorized code editor with additional features for writing HTML, PHP, ASP, and some other codes.  I also have all the major browsers that run on my computers, IE8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera, for testing my code.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
@DaveBaldwin: Notepad++ has some color coding, too, IIRC.  Also because it is open source it has some plug-ins available.  I have not used it in a while because it has some confused ideas about the end-of-line characters when you move data back and forth between Windows and Linux.  Looking forward to learning more about HTMLkit.

Best regards, ~Ray
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
HTML-kit is available for free at http://www.chami.com/ .   I started with the old version, paid my $55 a long time, and very rarely use the newer version.  There have been many plugins written for HTML-kit.

Since they have a special on the new version, HTML-kit Tools, thru Tuesday, I just bought it for $59.  The new and old are two different programs so you can have and use them both on the same computer.
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
I use dreamweaver since I have a copy anyway. It does a few neat things like linking the includes and FTP send on save. Not worth buying a copy just for php though IMO.
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Lukasz ChmielewskiCommented:
Well, let me give some advice too. I use Eclipse with Aptana plugin - with obvious advantages: color coding, code autocomplete, ftp synchronization as well as subversion ability etc.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
One of my best customers uses Dreamweaver and it would be nice to be able to see what he sees at times.  I also use Bluefish on Linux.  I think there are a couple of programs that are project instead of page oriented but as far as I can tell, you have to develop their way and I just haven't felt like doing that.
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