Zend Studio gets the nod from ITWorld

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 get a flavor for the latest in PHP programming, I spent some time unpacking the current set of development tools for PHP — eight in all. I built some projects, modified some plug-ins for popular content management systems, and experimented with building another pile of PHP that will be worth many billions of dollars if I keep my fingers crossed.

There has been much progress over the years. In the past, I’ve generally relied upon emacs to create the code. When I needed to watch a variable, I would just print it into a Web page and trace the flow through there. That technique is generally adequate for basic debugging because the traditional job of PHP is to do a bit of basic data manipulation and get out of the way when the database shows up to do the real work.

That’s changing. The integrated development environments are proliferating, and more development is moving into the cloud. The integrated tools manage the stacks of code, juggle deployments, catch debugging information, store the code in source repositories, and in some cases even automate deployment to the cloud.

After looking at 8 IDEs for developers Wayner gives the nod to two, Zend Studio and PhpStorm.

This is an easy article to skim. If you are considering switching IDEs, Wayner does a good job or giving you enough information to wet your whistle and help you decide which ones to test out first. It is not – nor does it look to be intended to be – a comprehensive guide.

By the way, Wayner does give a nod to PHP community luminary Stuart Herbert and a blog post he recently wrote above moving away from an IDE to Sublime Text

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs. For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.32, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at http://blog.calevans.com and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP