Hi Folks. I'm new to PHP and I've finally got WAMP downloaded and I can run my PHP scripts and use the mySQL lite databases, so I need to figure out what IDE to use and if someone can tell me what to debug with? I was at the Sun web site which has a downloadble Netbeans IDE (which I downloaded) and instructions and it says to use a program called "XDebug" I think it is? Anyone try it? Also, what does everyone think of Eclipse? What's the advantage of it over other IDE's?
Well, there are many discussions on this forum about IDE's for PHP. Just take a look. I use Aptana-Studio, but it's actually, just which one you prefer. I tried Eclipse too, but it did'nt made me really happy. I actually don't use a IDE - i only want code completion, and when there is code-validation I'm more than happy. I normaly run my scripts right away on my WAMP/LAMP although Aptana is also capable of runing scripts. I also tried Open-Studio (Maguma) (not sure if it runs under Linux - only use M$ that days), which was actually nice > it just did not run stable on my machine. I also used to code with Vim which is quite nice, when you can handle it (Best thing is you can also code fluently - on a laptop or eee in trains or stuff - cause you don't need a mouse :) ). Vim runs under Linux and M$. I also tested PHP-Designer und Windows - but it was not the thing I was looking for. Then I used a native Programm which comes with KDE (don't know the name right now?!) - i used it under Linux and Windows, but all those where a bit sneaky.
Best thing I think is - just download some - and test them by yourself.
I would recommend getting used to vim, very powerful and useful editor but its quite a handful to get used to. Like the previous post said, its good for fluent and quick development as everything is controlled via the keyboard (well gVim uses the mouse for certain things to keep the non terminal people happy).