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phpDesigner 2008

Posted: August 6th, 2008 Posted By: §intå×

Publisher: MPSoftware
Price: $60.08
Shipping Medium: Only available as a Download.
Rating: 5/5
System Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
-- Microsoft Windows® XP/XP2/Vista
-- Pentium 300 MHz+
-- 256MB RAM or higher
-- 100MB Hard Disk Space (full installation)
-- Microsoft Internet Explorer 4+



Description

phpDesigner 2008 is one heck of an IDE if you develop in php. It is jam packed full of featured. It has what you would expect in any decent IDE. Debugger, breakpoints, call stack, code libraries etc. It has support for
-- subversion (my new obsession).
-- phpDocumentor (though not perfect I was glad to see this)
-- code beautifier
-- smarty
-- PHP5.2.x OOP(this makes OOP design NICE)
-- the list goes on. If you use DreamWeaver now, you are missing out.



Review

If you hang around the web forum a bit, you will notice I am into PHP OOP or POOP. lol This IDE is one of the best I have found for this type of development. I do not like "Eclipse" as you have too much work setting it up. I want my IDE to just work. I will do my work in my IDE not to it.

I was impressed with the features this tool has. I am still learning some. One of the first things I fell in love with was the ability to create as many code templates for each language that I want. I have utilized this to the max. Also the subversion integration is seamless. The ability to see my comments in



The Good

-- beautiful customizable interface
-- Endless features list
-- Great OOP support
-- supports many languages besides php
-- customizable syntax highlighting
-- phpDocumentor support/integration
-- smarty support/integration
-- much much much more... I am lazy



The Bad

-- Html auto complete tags are annoying as it isn't my style. but I can deal.
-- phpDocumentor support has some issues with window style directories(spaces)
-- lack of documentation on how to do some things.



Final Thoughts

Given all of the bad, I still choose this over DreamWeaver and Zend. The PHP support is fantastic. The documentation is a breeze. I would recommend this to anyone serious about php Design work.



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