Category Archives: Zend Studio

Debugging PHP Web Apps in a Docker Container

Debugging is an essential task of software development in any programming language. Unfortunately, the out-of-the-box experience with debugging in PHP is not always great. The “stock” PHP binaries available at do not come configured with either of the two popular debug servers Xdebug and Zend Debugger. Developers are required to do additional configuration to make debugging possible with their… Read more »

Debugging Improvements in Zend Studio 12.5

Newest release of Zend Studio 12.5 delivers a set of improvements for debugging features. Below you can find the essence of the most important ones that will surely help you to become a PHP debugging champ. Indicating type of variables Presentation model in Variables and Expression view has been enhanced to indicate what kind of variable you’re looking at. The… Read more »

How to Use Composer with External Tools

Composer support in Zend Studio is quite simple. Sometimes users complain about lack of support for additional arguments e.g. for ‘install’ or ‘update’ commands. The new Zend Studio release includes support for running external programs inside your IDE. It’s called External Tools, and it’s well known to Eclipse users. It can be easily used to fill the gap between Composer… Read more »

Code Faster with the New Smart Object Operator Shortcut

Some PHP operators (e.g. ->, ::) can be quite a challenge for people who are used to different languages (like Java or C#). The new Zend Studio release introduces a new shortcut that will help developers work with: Object Operator (->) and Scope Resolution Operator (::), also called Paamayim Nekudotayim. To use it just press CTRL + . (dot) in… Read more »

Highlighting Breakpoints Like in Zend Studio 5.5

Looking at the feedback we receive, it seems that lots of our long-time users feel nostalgic for the pre-Eclipse era of Zend Studio. Here is one hint how you can bring the look and feel of the latest Zend Studio a little bit closer to the one experienced with the legendary Zend Studio 5.5. In Zend Studio 5.5 when adding… Read more »

New Zend Studio 11 “Mobilizes” PHP Applications & Boosts Developer Productivity

Newest Zend Studio Version Boosts Eclipse PHP Support, Facilitates Web Service Development and Cloud Deployment, Delivers Ultimate Debugging, and Offers New Pricing Options. Mobilizing PHP Applications Zend Studio 11 makes it easy to create mobile applications on top of existing PHP applications and server back-ends. The new integration with Apigility, an open-source API builder, allows developers to uniquely create, edit, document, and test… Read more »

Announcing Zend Studio 10.6

We’ve just beefed up our PHP language support! The latest version of Zend Studio now fully supports PHP 5.5. PHP 5.5 support allows you to use features like generators, the finally keyword, new password hashing API, array and string literal dereferencing and more. Support includes content assist and syntax check as well as CLI script execution and built-in PHP 5.5.7… Read more »

Connecting Zend Studio to Zend Debugger over an SSH Tunnel

This article applies to: [ Zend Studio, Zend Server ] [ All operating systems ] Overview Normally, Zend Studio initiates the remote debugging session by sending a regular HTTP request to the debug server. This HTTP request contains return address parameters (IP address and port number) that the Zend Debugger uses when starting a new connection to Zend Studio in… Read more »

Remote Debugging and Breakpoints

This article applies to: [ Zend Studio ] [ All operating systems ] Preface One of the most common remote debugging scenarios for a PHP developer using Zend Studio is this: Opening the source code. Setting the breakpoints in the relevant project. Running a debug session. Following the execution of the application by monitoring/controlling the run-time environment at breakpoints. The… Read more »