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    PHP

    I wanted to get familiar with PHP, do I need some type of special code editor? I tried looking around but I just got myself more confused.

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    You don't need any special IDE to code PHP. Any text editor will do. You can even use notepad if you want but I wouldn't recommend it.

    Take a look at http://devphp.sourceforge.net/

    Or if you want something simpler you can try http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/ . This is general all purpose text editor and offers syntax highlighting for almost all programming languages. Perfect replacement for Notepad.

    I personally prefer DreamWeaver for HTML and PHP development.
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    I like to use HTML-Kit.

    Take a look at:

    http://www.chami.com/html-kit/

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    I use eclipse very very nice helpful and free!

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    i use gedit, it does everything needed.

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    My favorite editor is still Zend Studio. They offer a free trial and it's not too expensive to purchase after the trial expires. I believe it now plugs into Eclipse as well.
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    My favorite editor is still Zend Studio. They offer a free trial and it's not too expensive to purchase after the trial expires. I believe it now plugs into Eclipse as well.
    +1 for Zend Studio.

    Might want to check out Aptana as well, promising project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KayakStudio View Post
    i use gedit, it does everything needed.
    Ditto, but I've noticed that Komodo Edit is really nice to use as well.

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    I am in love with PSPad - www.pspad.com
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    I use gedit sometimes, but the problem is that it doesn't color up all php functions, and what I like most in eclipse is that it helps you with your variables.

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    Yeah, I highly recommend Eclipse for PHP editing too.

    It can be a bit daunting when you're just starting out, but you'll have an IDE/platform that can pretty much do anything you want.

    The main headache I have with all PHP editors is just introspection for auto-completion.

    With Eclipse you can do some added introspection with the Javadoc format, like:
    PHP Code:
    /* @var $variable MyClassName */ 
    That will typecast a variable that wasn't defined by the file or block of code you're editing. It'll save you from a lot of needless bugs and typos.

    Other editors have similar conveniences and they're incredibly helpful when you're exploring PHP or new libraries.
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    I always recommend the most powerful text editor on the planet... vi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by case View Post
    I always recommend the most powerful text editor on the planet... vi.
    I use VI to edit configs, much not for php. I don't think it would be that great for php.

    :wq

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