I’m primarily a C#.NET developer, and dabble with VB.NET when I need to for dealing with older applications within the organisation.
I think Visual Studio is a great IDE, really familiar with it. Is there anything out there that’s the defacto standard for PHP development?
I’m looking for intellisense type features to speed things up where possible etc.
I looked at CodeLobster which is free, but I am willing to pay if there’s anything out there that’s particularly good. What is the Visual Studio for PHP developers?
Not sure about it being the Visual Studio for PHP but Netbeans is easily the best IDE for PHP i’ve used.
I feel Komodo Edit is a great tool.
- It supports autocompletion, both from standard library and custom code.
- Recognizes a lot of languages
- Is open source
Aptana Studio is a nice product. It also allows you to use the plethora of Eclipse plugins out there.
Zend Studio IMO is the Visual Studio of the PHP world. Pretty good product.
Personally I find little if any need for an IDE with TextMate. Everything I need handled is handled. If you drop auto-completion and start memorizing function calls (not a trivial task, but better in the long run) it prepares you more for the situations where you don’t have access to all the fancy tools you’re accustomed to. When you have a bad server and end up using SSH and VI[M] to fix something you actually can.
I use PHPEclipse for PHP (either that or just Notepad++). I like using Eclipse for most of my development, because it supports most languages, and has a ton of plugins if you need them. There’s JSEclipse, and also a JS plugin for all the Eclipses.
There’s also NetBeans, which is a little more lightweight. It’s meant for Java, but also does PHP just fine.