Monthly Archives: March 2015

Best PHP Text Editors for 2015

1. NotePad++

Website: http://notepad-plus-plus.org

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NotePad++ Key Features:

  • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding
  • PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
  • GUI entirely customizable: minimalist, tab with close button, multi-line tab, vertical tab and vertical document list
  • Document Map
  • Auto-completion: Word completion, Function completion and  Function parameters hint
  • Multi-Document (Tab interface)
  • Multi-View
  • WYSIWYG (Printing)
  • Zoom in and zoom out
  • Multi-Language environment supported
  • Bookmark
  • Macro recording and playback
  • Launch with different arguments

2. EditPlus

Website: https://www.editplus.com

editplus-sEditPlus Key Features:

Syntax highlighting

EditPlus supports powerful and customizable syntax highlighting for HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, Perl, C/C++, Java, JavaScript and VBScript by default. Also, you can create your own syntax file to support other programming languages.

Internet features

  • Seamless web browser for previewing the content of your HTML document or Java applet without leaving the editor. Browser window also has common browser commands so you can browse Internet web sites as well as local HTML files.
  • FTP (also sftp and FTPS) feature for uploading your local files to FTP server or for editing remote files directly.
  • Highlights URL and e-mail addresses in normal text files and lets you activate them with a single keystroke (F8) or ‘Ctrl + double-click’.

Hex Viewer
The Hex Viewer allows you to display current file in Hex mode. You can switch back and forth between normal editing window and the Hex Viewer with one command.

Code Folding
EditPlus supports fast and convenient code folding feature based on line indentation. You can hide or disply lines of code with its indent levels.

HTML toolbar
The HTML Toolbar allows you to insert common HTML tags quickly and easily. It also supports useful tools such as HTML Color Picker, Character Picker, Table Generator and Object Picker.

Document selector
The Document Selector offers quick mouse access to all document windows currently loaded. Much faster than selecting on Window menu or pressing Ctrl+Tab key multiple times.

3. RJ TextEd

Website: http://www.rj-texted.se

main01-100RJ TextEd Key Features:

  • Auto completion.
  • Code folding.
  • Column mode.
  • Multi edit and multi select
  • Advanced sorting.
  • Handles both ASCII and binary files.
  • CSS and HTML wizards.
  • Dockable panels.
  • FTP and SFTP client with synchronization.
  • File explorer, text clips, code explorer, project manager…
  • Convert between code pages, Unicode formats and text formats.
  • Unicode and ANSI code page detection.
  • Open/Save UTF-8 encoded files without a signature (BOM).
  • Unicode file paths and file names.
  • HTML validation, format and repair.
  • Tools available like syntax editor, color picker, charmap…

4. Bluefish

Website: http://bluefish.openoffice.nl

bluefish-2.2.6Bluefish Key Features:

  • Lightweight – Bluefish tries to be lean and clean, as far as possible given it is a GUI editor.
  • Fast – Bluefish starts really quick (even on a netbook) and loads hundreds of files within seconds.
  • Multiple document interface, easily opens 500+ documents (tested >10000 documents simultaneously)
  • Project support, enables you to work efficiently on multiple projects, and automatically restores settings for each project.
  • Multi-threaded support for remote files using gvfs, supporting FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, WebDAV, CIFS and more1
  • Very powerful search and replace, with support for Perl Compatible regular expressions, sub-pattern replacing, and search and replace in files on disk.
  • Open files recursively based on filename patterns and/or content patterns
  • Snippets sidebar – specify custom dialogs, search and replace patterns or insert patterns and bind them to a shortkut key combination of your liking to speed up your development process
  • Integrate external programs such as make, lint, weblint, xmllint, tidy, javac, or your own program or script to handle advanced text processing or error detection
  • Integrate external filters of your liking, pipe your document (or just the current selected text) through sort, sed, awk or any custom script
  • Unlimited undo/redo functionality
  • In-line spell checker which is programing language aware (spell check comments and strings, but not code), requires libenchant during compilation2
  • Auto-recovery of changes in modified documents after a crash, kill or shutdown
  • Character map of all unicode characters (requires libgucharmap during compilation)3
  • Site upload / download
  • Full screen editing