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Hi, I'm an experienced coder (C#, C++, DirectX, etc). I've never done website design before, looking at starting with PHP. Could you guys enlighten me with the best dev tools you use? I've got the apache server, but whats a good PHP IDE? Thanks, Yratelev

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For start, it depends if you intend to work in Linux or in Windows.

If you plan to test the websites in windows, then maybe you should install a package like EasyPHP or Xamp (you get the apache, php, mysql and other tools usefull).

For IDE's, I'm currently using Eclipse with the PDT plugin (http://www.eclipse.org/pdt/) there is even a pre-built package of eclipse with PDT. It's working pretty fine for me and should also be cross-OS.
Other IDE's that should work fine, but are not free, are PHPeD and NuSphere. I haven't used them so can't say how good they are.

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XAMPP is a good choice. There used to be a plethora of PHP/MySQL packages, like Apache2Triad or WAMPPServer, but most of them are dead, went commercial or are released less frequently than XAMPP.

About IDEs, I'm a big fan of PHPEdit. You can get a free personal license by filling out a simple form. Another good free IDE is Netbeans.

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Real programmers just use a text editor. ;)

I've always used Notepad++. It's simple, free and versatile, but it if you're looking for something more than just syntax highlighting, it may not suffice.

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I vote for XAMP and NetBeans. NetBeans (v6.7.1) has been great for my php developerment and if you have a decent computer it will run just fine on it, but can be slow on older computers.

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Original post by WanMaster
Real programmers just use a text editor. ;)

I've always used Notepad++. It's simple, free and versatile, but it if you're looking for something more than just syntax highlighting, it may not suffice.


Ok I just -have- to make a joke, Real programmers don't do PHP :P.

I know several PHP developers, they mainly use EasyPHP cause its easy! (Tried it myself and liked it)

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I just had to recommend [link]http://www.e-texteditor.com/[/link] its wonderful, I use for all my text-editor needs and PHP is one of them ;).

OT. what are the tags for links?? (obviously not [link][/link]

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I just had to recommend [link]http://www.e-texteditor.com/[/link] its wonderful, I use for all my text-editor needs and PHP is one of them ;).

OT. what are the tags for links?? (obviously not [link][/link]


Just use a regular <a> tag.

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I've been using DEVPHP, and am quite happy with it. I actually wrote my first 3d engine in php, as it was very easy to work with, but have now moved onto cpp/d3d to try and get a framerate better then 0.43FPS :)

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