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Do I need a PHP project for this?

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Well, this might be a pretty naive question.
I am new to PHP and am trying to run and walk-through the scraper code at the location http://pastebin.com/MTj4YtjU 

I have the latest NetBeans and WAMP installation on my windows machine. For me to do a step-by-step debug of this code, please let me know if it is okay to follow the following steps:

1) Create new PHP application project
2) Create a PHP file within the source folder and paste the source code.
3) Add breakpoint and Run debug.

Please let me know if my understandings are right.
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I read I also need a xdebug application to successfully debug php code. Am currently downloading it.
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Being new to any language is challenging enough in and of itself. When it comes to debugging, there are some less obtrusive methods in use by more seasoned programmers of languages like PHP & Perl, whereby the programmer will just drop in some dumping of variables to determine what's taking place at a given point in the execution of a script or program.

That having been said, I personally choose to  not use formal debuggers for languages like PHP & Perl as the setup is usually far more time intensive than just injecting a single line of code I can use to quickly ascertain what's up at that point in my execution.

If you really desire going the route of a formal debugger, then yes, you will need to install xdebug and perform the integration/setup of it into your IDE before you can get it to work at any level of productive use.

In PHP, I like to use the following snippet for my debugging;

# I use this when I want the output to appear in a browser
print "<pre>"; print_r($var); print "</pre>";
# I use this when I want the output to appear in a console
print_r($var);

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Hope this helps.

~AB
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Thanks!
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