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[web] Free RAD tool for PHP

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leoptimus    106
Hi. Do you know if there is an easy to use IDE, RAD tool for making PHP web sites with database reports? Some like WYSIWYG editors for HTML, but with database capabilities? And is there UML CASE tools for PHP? Thanks.

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Basiror    241
I can recommend Smarty(a php template engine)
Smarty at php.net

You got 3 folders
./templates
./templates_c
./config

Into ./templates/*.tpl
you put the html templates

The huge advantage is you can seperate your html code from php which really increases productivity.

I am using it for a browser game, all I had to do is to create same panel and label layouts, feed them with information in the php script and done

This isn t an IDE to design html pages, but since you are using php you should have an eye on it

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leoptimus    106
Quote:

This isn t an IDE to design html pages, but since you are using php you should have an eye on it

Sadly true... =(

However, thank you for the informations. I've been working with Smarty for a while.

And I want to remark that Dreamweaver cannot be considered a complete IDE for developing Database Web applications. It does something with DHTML and has some wizards for making database report tables; but doesn't handle data capturing from formularies and doesn't manage database operations automatically. After all, with dreamweaver you will obtain a messy code, buggy, very difficult to mantain and you will have to do a lot of programming stuff manually.

I've found only one tool that can be considered a complete IDE for developing Database applications: MS Access . It handles data capturing automatically, generate reports giving a few of parameters, and generate formularies from database tables. Drag and dropping, that's all.

It is needed something similar to MS Access for PHP plattform (Or ASP.NET )

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kwackers    176
I think Zend's IDE is meant to be pretty good for database integration.

I've found that most IDEs tend to limit you to simple scripts. Once you add any template engines WYSIWYG is useless. I used Dreamweaver in the past but now just use MySQL Query Browser and Editplus. Editplus is great because it loads so damn quick. The only thing I miss is the in-built library of functions and parametres, which is especially good with inconsistant order of parametres.

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markr    1692
I understand that there is a PHP plugin for Eclipse. I've not used it but it supports some useful things, e.g. variable, function completion, parameter hint popups etc.

Aside from that, Zend studio is the "official" one, but it's not free.

Mark

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