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For years I have been using [url="http://notepad-plus-plus.org"]Notepad++[/url] and other text editors as my go to [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_development_environment"]IDE[/url] for web development ... the issue is that it does not have any kind of debugging. Only way to debug is to upload it to my [url="http://www.wampserver.com/en/"]Wamp[/url] server and see if it works.

Why I am bringing this up now? I am working on a large project, and just spent almost 4 hours tracking down a bug caused by a singe misplaced character.

Is there a good (free) [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_development_environment"]IDE[/url] for [url="http://www.php.net/"]PHP 5[/url] that has color coding, and has an active debug of some kind so that I can catch mistakes early ?

- Thank you for your time -
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It's not free, but [url="http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/"]PhpStorm[/url] is excellent and only costs $99 -- sometimes freely available products just don't match up. [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] It might be worth looking at the [url="http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/features/index.html"]features[/url] on offer.

I'm sure others will have suggestions of free options you can try though.
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Check out the PDT Plugin for Eclipse: http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/PHP This is what I've used and it supports debugging via [url="http://wiki.eclipse.org/Debugging_using_XDebug"]XDebug[/url] so that you can step through your code while it executes.

You'll need to download and install Eclipse before installing the plugin but both are free: http://www.eclipse.org/ Edited by n3oplasm
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I used Sublime Text 2 it is an awesome text editor with highlighting and other features. Here is a link [url="http://www.sublimetext.com/2"]http://www.sublimetext.com/2[/url]
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I haven't done php in a few years, but I was quite happy with [url="http://sourceforge.net/projects/devphp/"]http://sourceforge.net/projects/devphp/[/url] when i did.
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Personally i wouldn't do without PHPDesigner, available at [url="http://www.mpsoftware.dk/phpdesigner.php"]http://www.mpsoftwar...phpdesigner.php[/url] . You can get a personal license for $40.. it's not free, but it does a hell of a lot and includes a pretty good intellisense capability that allows the IDE to recognize the classes you put into the project.

Oh, and you can debug your PHP right through the IDE. Edited by Michael Tanczos
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http://www.nusphere.com/products/index.htm

Havent done any PHP work in years but I would highly recommend PHPED, try it for a few days, I doubt you will be disappointed, cant really compare it to any other PHP ide but it does excellent debugging features among other things
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