In my last lesson in our online php class, I discussed about the basics of php. I went further to introduce other important tools we will be making use of throughout the classes. I also briefly mention about php IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that will help us with php code writing. If you miss the last class, you can see it here
Few days after the post I was contacted by Stas who works with codelobster.com, he introduce me to their amazing php IDE. I decided that I will hold on with the lessons and give the IDE a try. Beside it is free to use. After I tried it a couple of days I think it will be a good idea for us to use it in all our php lessons.
You can see the user interface of the Codelobster Php IDE below
I know you will be asking yourself why should we use Codelobster Php IDE? IDE is just a tool but some IDE is better than others and can make your coding life easier as a programmer.
Codelobster IDE Features
Codelobster Php IDE comes with featured pack functionality and a list of the features are below.
HTML/CSS inspector on the type of Firebug, which allows easily to correlate the selected elements of page with a code and proper style.
Context help on all supported languages. By pressing F1 key the page with detailed description for current tag, attribute or function will be opened.
PHP debugger. PHP debugger allows to execute PHP scripts incrementally, watching the values of all variables in every line.
SQL manager allows to produce all necessary actions with a database – to add, delete, edit a structure and records in tables, to export data, execute SQL queries. Highlighting and autocompletion works for SQL files also.
Support of FTP allows to work straight with a remote server and to do all necessary changes with files;
The portable option allows to use editor without the preliminary installation.
Other useful utilities: pair highlighting, possibility of blocks selection, collapsing, tooltips, navigation on descriptions of functions and included files at withholding of the key of CTRL, viewing of structure of files and project, preview in a browser, book-marks, and all other standard possibilities for work with a code.
Also there are special plugins for
CMS: Drupal, Joomla
PHP frameworks: CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii
WordPress blogging engine
Smarty template engine
You can also see a brief information about the codelobster software and the company behind it. Codelobster IDE has support for six major languages and a list of operating system that support it are listed below.
Developer - Codelobster Software
Website - http://www.codelobster.com/
Language - English, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Supported OS - Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
You can see how rich Codelobster PHP IDE functionality is but now I will let you see how simple it is to install the IDE on your system.
Follow the instruction and finish the installation process. It is very easy and simple to do.
Once you start using the Codelobster IDE, you will not go back to any other IDE because everything you need is perfectly integrated in the software.