PHP Development Code Editors and IDEs of 2018!
PHP Development completely changed in a few years and now being a developer, you have to deliver more accurate, performing, and well-structured code under a minimum time slot to stay competitive in the market. Even, revolution of technology in the form of AI, IoT, Crypto Currency, etc., provoke PHP developers to have a great skill of coding.
Plenty of “X-coders” and experts have confirmed that the industry is looking for the talents that are skilled and expert in efficient PHP development. And if we believe on rumors than the industry will require more than1 million skilled developers by 2020. So, if you are associated in the same industry, it’s the time when you can improve yourself.
I think, the demand of seamless PHP development appears after the increased requirement of on-demand solutions such as Uber like taxi booking solutions, Oyo like Hotel booking system, Dream11 like Fantasy Cricket Platform, or Virtual Reality applications. These trends completely change the scenario, and increase the requirement of well-paced developers.
Now, the question is How to write an efficient, error-free, and well-structured code?
This is the question that most of developers asked online or to their seniors, team leaders, and project managers. And what they attest, is the right selection of code editor or IDE can help you to produce effective, performing, and structured code.
Difference between PHP Development Code Editors and IDEs
It might not be your look up, but I have to make a clearer view to newbies because now these days the separation line faded away as few of them works same or have functionalities of both. Being a developer its quite complicated to choose one from them, as the coding structure and common features that can make you confuse.
While the PHP coding is a common skill, still it has a great scope in market as there are lots of vacancies available and market welcomes new-ones due to their unique thought process and zeal. For them,
- An Integrated Development Environment or IDE is a complete package, where you can write, compile, execute and debug your codes. They have complete libraries to help you out in your problems, provide hints and make you aware about common mistakes of PHP programming. On the other side, Code Editors only have functionalities of code editing and you can use them only to write error free code.
- Usually, IDEs support only single language for which they are build and have their compiler or debugger embedded. While Code Editors are more general and supports multiple languages to write codes.
- In common, they both can help you in code completion, provide hints, highlight errors, and custom folding of code sections. Even, few code editors have IDEs functionality on their pro versions.
TOP 4 IDEs for PHP Development
Code Editing with a compatible IDE will be a fun as you have complete opportunity to check your final outcome without struggling over uploading again and again. You can enable advance functionalities with pro versions or through additional addons. Here’re few IDEs, that embarks their presence so far,
- 01. PHPStorm
- 02. NetBeans
- 03. Visual Studio
- 04. Eclipse
Let’s explore there features and functionalities in detail:
Leading in the list due to its high compatibility and user trust. Initially, it was released in 2009 and supports cross-platforms Microsoft Windows, MacOS X, and Linux. JetBrains built it on IntelliJ IDEA, first of its kind JAVA IDE.
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Code quality analysis, PHPUnit tests, Supports GitHub and Perforce
This free of cost IDE allow developers to code Desktop, mobile and web applications on any platform – Microsoft Windows, MacOS X, Linux and Solaris.
Initially, it was released in early 1996 as a student project named “Xelfi”, then after in 1997, Roman Stanek started a company based on this IDE and commercially released as NetBeans. Later in 1999, Sun Microsystems bought it and open sourced the NetBeans IDE. Check out more details on Wiki and download it from NetBeans.
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris
FREE (CDDL or GPLv2)
Integration of Subversion, Mercurial, and Git, NetBeans Profiler
03. Visual Studio
Visual Studio IDE leveled up their service in their latest version 2017 through supporting Xamarin, a tool that deliver Native and Hybrid Application and from now mobile users can use same IDE for application code.
Linux, MacOS, Windows
The IDE is supported by Microsoft Windows, MacOS X, Linux and Solaris and available with Public license. Initially, released in 2001 by IBM, but later on 2004, it operates through specially built not-for-profit corporation Eclipse Foundation. Check out more details on Wiki and download it from Eclipse.org
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris
Rich Client Platform, supports Tomcat, Glassfish and other servers, Web Tools Platform.
Here, in this list we have only explored top 4 IDE for PHP Development, but there are plenty of IDEs available such as Vim, Komodo, Sublime Text Pro, Aptana Studio, Atom IDE, ZendStudio, etc. So, you can choose anyone from the available PHP Editors as per your preference, even you can explore internet to get more details about them.
You have to wait till our next write up, to explore the details of TOP CODE EDITORS for PHP Development in 2018. If you think there is something that we have missed, feel free to mention it in a comment. We would love to include them in the write-up.