I have finally found the PHP Editor of my choice. My months of search for a good one has ended. I am currently using MPSoftware’s PHPDesigner 2005. This is an excellent editor and also may seem to some as a PHP version of MS Visual Studio. It may seem like it but it is very nice. Some of the features what I like is:
- Auto-Complete PHP functions – Some of the functions get really long!
- Function/Class List – It lists all the functions and classes of a particular file in a neat window. Very useful for me in some scripts of mine where I have to deal with a lot of functions.
- Project Setup – I can setup multiple projects and associate files with them and easily open and close projects with relative ease.
- Code indenting! – This feature a lot of editors dont have. An editor like PHPEdit doesn’t have indenting, which makes it really annoying.
There are also tons of minor handy features which makes it really useful.
A second editor would be Gilad Novak’s PHPStudio. This a lightweight PHP editor which also is quite nice. Auto-Complete, code indentation, a good file explorer and html support are some of its nice features. Gilad Novak reads the PHP-Editors.com forum and answers question in this thread. One of few occasions where a thread guides the development of the product :)
Nevertheless, PHPDesigner 2005 is my preferred editor. I may even check out his beta (‘2006’)