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 php.net 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Very often when debugging issues I stumble upon a problematic line of code and ask myself “Who added this? When? What purpose for?”. If the source code is maintained in a Git repository then there is a designated Git command – blame – that can greatly help answering these questions. Zend Studio, with the help of the EGit plugin, provides… Read more »
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 »
Did you see Kent Mitchell build a mobile application in 10 minutes? (and we’ are not talking just a front-end app, we mean front-end with a PHP based API for the back end) If not, click on in. I’ll give you the link to the article and even embed the video for you. Spend 10 minutes to see something awesome.
In the opening keynote at ZendCon ’12, Andi Gutmans introduce the new version of Zend’s all-important tool chain and paved the way for PHP developers to move their apps into the cloud and onto mobile devices. Click on in, I don’t have ElePHPants but I do have linky goodness.
If you are curious about phpcloud, Zend Server, Zend Studio and how they all work together to make life easier for PHP developers, I’ve got a treat for you. Zend’s own Ed Kietlinski spoke recently at NYPHP and they recorded the presentation. set your cellphones on vibrate and click on in.
Over at itworld.com, Peter Wayner has written an extensive look at IDEs for PHP developers. In the article titled “Review: 2 PHP tools rise above the rest” Wayner looks at 8 IDEs available to PHP developers. He gives a paragraph or three summary of each of them, showcasing what he sees as the pros and cons of each product. To… Read more »