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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Best PHP IDE in 2014 - Survey Results
March 24, 2014 @ 13:15:42

The results are in and the SitePoint PHP blog has officially announced the most popular PHP IDE based on the answers to their survey. The overall winner is PHPStorm (from JetBrains) but several others weigh in on their editor of choice too.

This article will focus on the IDE results alone. We'll analyze the PHP community in general in a future piece after the data has been cleaned to a greater extent. Please note that these are preliminary results, and not much detailed filtering has taken place yet. The data will still be processed and additionally verified. The ballpark is in the correct ranges, but cannot be deemed precise (might be off by a couple dozen in every category - not enough to influence the end result), hence only percentage values will be displayed in the charts. For exact figures, see the raw data.

The results show PHPStorm coming in at first place in both the business and personal votes with Sublime Text and Netbeans pulling in behind for 2nd and 3rd. The post also shares comments from some of the votes, people adding some of their own thoughts and reasons for their choice of editor/IDE. Other tools that were mentioned include Vi, TextMate, Eclipse/PDT and Dreamweaver.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/best-php-ide-2014-survey-results/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
How to Dynamically Localize TinyMCE
December 02, 2013 @ 10:37:41

The SitePoint PHP blog has a post from Roland Clemenceau about localizing the TinyMCE editor, a web-based Javascript HTML WYSIWYG editor. It's dropped in to make textareas rich-text editing components of your page quickly and easily.

This tutorial assumes you have built a PHP multilingual site/framework and you, or whoever the admin is, would like TinyMCE to automatically switch to the current language of your site. [...] Although TinyMCE is a great wysiwyg editor that provides localized files for almost every known language, it still does not come with an automatic language-switching feature. It's very easy to roll your own solution to this problem, though, so that's what we're going to do now.

He shows how to use extra language files in coordination with a "language" setting. This setting (usually something like "en" or "es") can then be set as a configuration option when the TinyMCE instance is added to the page.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/dynamically-localize-tinymce/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
New PHP Editor
October 02, 2013 @ 09:42:08

The SitePoint PHP blog has a post today announcing a new editor for the content of their site - Bruno Skvorc (replacing Timothy Boronczyk who helped build up PHPMaster.com from the start).

September 30th marked the stepping down of Timothy Boronczyk, Phpmaster's long time editor. He leaves behind a legacy of awesome: countless high quality articles, a fantastic and well formed writers pool, and a reputation one cannot easily catch up with.

[...] I realized PHP's true potential for rapid application development [after working on a Zend application], and branched out on my own. The following several years consisted entirely of experimentation, failures and endless StackOverflow trips. Finally, I applied to write an article for PHPMaster in July 2012. This was my first commercial article. I continued to write for Sitepoint and other platforms, but always strived to deliver my best work here - on the very site that gave me so many excellent tutorials which made me who I was. More than a year later, I was asked to step in for Tim as the new PHP editor, and I couldn't be more humbled and honored.

He lists out a few items on his "todo" list including improving the rebranding SitePoint's done away from PHPMaster.com back to the SitePoint site and the improved quality of upcoming articles. He also includes the ways you can get involved in the site - everything from just suggesting topics out to writing actual articles.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/new-php-editor/

NetTuts.com:
Pro Workflow in Laravel and Sublime Text
March 15, 2013 @ 09:48:39

NetTuts.com has a new article today for the Laravel developers out there (an up and coming PHP framework) with some handy Sublime Text tips you can use to streamline your workflow.

Not too long ago, I built a handful of generators for Laravel, which ease the process of various tasks. Today, thanks to help from Gaurav Narula, we're turning things up a notch with the release of a new Sublime Text plugin that leverages the power of Artisan and the generators from directly within your editor.

They help you get it installed and running and show (via a screencast) the steps to use it when working in your code. Their examples show the creation of resources (all MVC aspects and configurations), working with Artisan commands, migrations and other bits of code.

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7PHP.com:
Interview With Timothy Boronczyk The Managing Editor of PHPmaster.com
January 21, 2013 @ 12:56:37

7PHP.com has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. This time it's with Timothy Boronczyk, the editor of the popular PHP tutorial/article site PHPMaster.com.

In this edition I talked with Timothy Boronczyk who is the Managing Editor of the famous PHPmaster.com - which is a network (venture?) of the eminent SitePoint (an online media company). @zaemis is also the co-author of the book "Beginning PHP 6, Apache, MySQL 6 Web Development".

They talk about some of the usual stuff like:

  • how he got started with PHP
  • what kind of tools and development platform he prefers
  • his recommendations to developers just getting started
  • people in the PHP community he admires
  • what framework he would recommend

Check out the full interview for his answers to these and more.

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James Fuller:
First Impressions Cloud9 IDE + PHP
December 27, 2012 @ 13:41:24

James Fuller has posted a review of the online code editing tool Cloud9 and how well it works for his PHP development.

At first I though Cloud9 would be a simple editor, perhaps a nice showcase of what you can do with HTML5 and some well-written javascript but it quickly became evident that this app was packing a lot of powerful features. [...] Sounds pretty awesome if you think about it. You can even connect you own server via SSH instead of using the build in sandbox (this is a paid feature). Is this the Holy-Grail? Not Really, but it's close. This is a very exciting product that almost reaches holy-grail status, but it falls short in a few key areas.

He includes a little bit about trying to use PHP 5.5 in the Cloud9 editing, and points out that while he was (eventually) able to get the PHP 5.5 alpha compiled, he wasn't able to get things like memcache compiled and working.

The Cloud9 team has done a great job removing the barriers to getting a simple idea out the door. I implemented FizzBuzz in PHP using Composer, PHPUnit, and some SPL interfaces and got it all done , and posted to GitHub in about an hour.
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DZone.com:
2 years of Vim and PHP distilled
April 06, 2012 @ 09:50:35

On DZone.com there's a new post from Giorgio Sironi with some of his tips for PHP developers that want to use VIM in their development - some handy tricks to help make you a more effective developer.

In the case of PHP development, you'll need to add some configuration and plugins to speed up your activities. Most of the responsibilities of an IDE - like testing and version control - are outsourced to the terminal while running Vim; however, there are some tweaks that make writing and editing code faster, along with aiding in discovery classes and methods in a PHP codebase.

He includes settings for your .vimrc to detect and load the right PHP functionality, using Command-T, functionality for autocompletion and the snipMate plugin for managing and using reusable code snippets.

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InfoWorld:
Review 2 PHP tools rise above the rest
March 23, 2012 @ 10:19:22

InfoWorld has a new article posted looking at some of the PHP IDE options out there and comparing some of their strengths and weaknesses including PHPStorm, Eclipse, Aptana and Zend Studio.

PHP is more than just a language for junior high school kids to learn after they master balancing DIV tags in HTML. It can support enterprise-grade installations and deliver the kind of heavy lifting that brings power plants to their knees. [...] To get a flavor for the latest in PHP programming, I spent some time unpacking the current set of development tools for PHP - eight in all.

The IDEs he sampled were:

  • Zend Studio
  • PHPStorm
  • PhpEd
  • phpDesigner
  • NetBeans
  • Komodo IDE
  • CodeLobster
  • Aptana Studio

He points out that, while all of these tools have their good and bad things about them, sometimes you don't need something that heavy to get the job done. Sometimes something simpler might do just right. He recommends trying them out on your projects and seeing which is the best fit, though. He thinks that you'd probably "need to be working on a bigger PHP project" before an IDE would become really useful though.

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Stuart Herbert's Blog:
PHPUnit Plugin For Sublime Text 2
February 06, 2012 @ 10:05:11

Stuart Herbert has officially released a plugin for the popular text editor Sublime Text 2 to integrate PHPUnit support directly into the editing environment.

Sublime Text 2 is a new cross-platform text editor that I've recently switched to. It's still in public beta, but already offers better performance (and battery life!) and a better look (fonts that render properly!) than Java-based IDEs such as Netbeans. One thing it didn't have was support for PHPUnit, so I've made a plugin. It's available to install via Package Control.

The plugin allows you to directly create tests for a class using a context menu's "Test This Class" option. You can also run the tests directly from the editor and use either the menu or direct text commands to control it. He's also gathering some other well-used PHP snippets into another related plugin, the Additional PHP Snippets plugin.

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ServerGrove Blog:
Easily manage multilingual sites with the new TranslationEditorBundle for Symfony2
January 11, 2012 @ 12:09:36

On the ServerGrove blog today there's a new post about using their TranslationEditorBundle (Symfony2) to handle multilingual support for your site.

We have been working a lot with Symfony2 translations lately (we translated our website to Spanish and we are in the process of translating our control panel too). Dealing with multiple translation files is not difficult, but it takes time, lots of copy & paste. We have found that is quite easy to make mistakes, create duplicate lines, etc... in short, it's messy. To tame the translation chaos we decided to create a simple web based editor to deal with Symfony2 translations. The result is the TranslationEditorBundle and it's publicly available for anyone to use and contribute to.

The bundle gives you a simple web frontend to the translation process, making it a lot simpler to input the different versions of the text as well as determine where any duplication might be happening. It also gives you things like the total number of entries and the number of them missing their translations.

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