Monthly Archives: February 2014

Best PHP IDE for 2014

1. PhpStorm
License: Commercial License


PhpStorm Key Features:

– Language Features Support:
The latest PHP 5.6 is fully supported including exponentiation, use const, use function, constant expression, variadic functions, argument unpacking, and more. PHP 5.5, 5.4 & 5.3 are supported as well.

– Code Completion:
Automatic code completion (invoked on typing) finalizes classes, methods, variable names, and PHP keywords, plus commonly used names for fields and variables depending on their type.

– PHP Refactoring:
The Rename and Move refactorings work for files, functions, constants, classes, properties, methods, parameters, and local and global variables. Make global project changes easily and safely. Local changes are made instantly in-place.

– Code Formatting:
Code formatter with code style configuration and other features help you write neat code that’s easy to support. PhpStorm contains built-in PSR1/PSR2, Symfony2, Zend, Drupal & other standards compliant code formatting.

– Frameworks Support:
The existing support of template engines and command-line tools is boosted with a more high-level feature: an MVC view for Symfony2 & Yii frameworks.

– Cross-platform Experience
Use the same frequently-updated PHP integrated development environment on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux with your single license key.

2. Sublime Text
License: Commercial License

sublimeSublime Text Key Features:

– Goto Anything:
Use Goto Anything to open files with only a few keystrokes, and instantly jump to symbols, lines or words.

– Multiple Selections:
Make ten changes at the same time, not one change ten times. Multiple selections allow you to interactively change many lines at once, rename variables with ease, and manipulate files faster than ever.

– Command Palette:
The Command Palette holds infrequently used functionality, like sorting, changing the syntax and changing the indentation settings. With just a few keystrokes, you can search for what you want, without ever having to navigate through the menus or remember obscure key bindings.

– Distraction Free Mode:
When you need to focus, Distraction Free Mode is there to help you out. Distraction Free Mode is full screen, chrome free editing, with nothing but your text in the center of the screen. You can incrementally show elements of the UI, such as tabs and the find panel, as you need them.

– Split Editing:
Get the most out of your wide screen monitor with split editing support. Edit files side by side, or edit two locations in the one file. You can edit with as many rows and columns as you wish.

– Instant Project Switch:
Projects in Sublime Text capture the full contents of the workspace, including modified and unsaved files. You can switch between projects in a manner similar to Goto Anything, and the switch is instant, with no save prompts – all your modifications will be restored next time the project is opened.

– Plugin API:
Sublime Text has a powerful, Python based plugin API. Along with the API, it comes with a built in Python console to interactively experiment in real time.

– Customize Anything:
Key Bindings, Menus, Snippets, Macros, Completions and more – just about everything in Sublime Text is customizable with simple JSON files. This system gives you flexibility as settings can be specified on a per-file type and per-project basis.

– Cross Platform:
Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses.

3. NetBeans
License: Free


NetBeans Key Features:

– Best Support for Latest Java Technologies:
NetBeans IDE is the official IDE for Java 8. With its editors, code analyzers, and converters, you can quickly and smoothly upgrade your applications to use new Java 8 language constructs, such as lambdas, functional operations, and method references.

– Fast & Smart Code Editing:
An IDE is much more than a text editor. The NetBeans Editor indents lines, matches words and brackets, and highlights source code syntactically and semantically. It also provides code templates, coding tips, and refactoring tools.

– Easy & Efficient Project Management:
Keeping a clear overview of large applications, with thousands of folders and files, and millions of lines of code, is a daunting task.

– Rapid User Interface Development:
Design GUIs for Java SE, HTML5, Java EE, PHP, C/C++, and Java ME applications quickly and smoothly by using editors and drag-and-drop tools in the IDE.

– Write Bug Free Code:
The cost of buggy code increases the longer it remains unfixed. NetBeans provides static analysis tools, especially integration with the widely used FindBugs tool, for identifying and fixing common problems in Java code.

– Support for Multiple Languages:
NetBeans IDE offers superior support for C/C++ and PHP developers, providing comprehensive editors and tools for their related frameworks and technologies. In addition, the IDE has editors and tools for XML, HTML, PHP, Groovy, Javadoc, JavaScript, and JSP.

– Cross Platform Support:
NetBeans IDE can be installed on all operating systems that support Java, from Windows to Linux to Mac OS X systems. Write Once, Run Anywhere, is as true for NetBeans IDE as it is for your own applications… because NetBeans IDE itself is written in Java, too!

– Rich Set of Community Provided Plugins:
The NetBeans community is large and active; many users are developing new plugins all the time because NetBeans IDE is extensible and has well-documented APIs. Are you missing a feature in NetBeans IDE? Create a plugin that fills the gap and participate in making NetBeans even better than it already is!