IDE Comparison

So it seems that some people want to know my opinions on different IDEs that I have tried in my quest to find a good upgrade path from Zend Studio 5.5  — as such, I have created a new page with an overview of my requirements, and a table comparing the various IDEs I have tried.

Check out the IDE Comparison

I plan to follow up the page with in-depth posts on each requirement and how each IDE matches up. Furthermore, any new IDEs I try will get a write-up on each of the requirements. Look for these in the coming weeks and months :)

– Davey

Update: surprisingly, it took over 2hrs to get an e-mail telling me that VIM was the perfect IDE; I expected it far sooner. VIM might be the perfect IDE for some, but not for me. Though I do use it daily as a text editor on remote systems and like it for that purpose. Also, it’s great for editing xdebug human-readable traces thanks to Derick Rethans vim syntax file.

  • laci
    Posted March 15, 2009 10:49 am 0Likes

    I’ve switched about 3 months ago to NetBeans from Zend Studio after trying both Komodo and Eclipse. I can say that i’m very happy with NetBeans and from the 4 IDE’s its the only one i would certainly recommend to anyone.

  • Robin
    Posted March 16, 2009 3:07 am 0Likes

    Good start!

    Looking at the same problem myself for over the past year now…
    We even share the same requirements :) Still, its hard… I havent found a fitting replacement for my aging ZDE 5.5 setup yet … Tried Netbeans, but it just doesnt quite cut it… (or i cant seem to find my missing features ;) )

    PDT / ZDE 6 is by far too slow, heavy and overrrated (IMHO)

    in any case looking forward to your indepth review of the different IDE’s

  • Brad
    Posted March 16, 2009 10:07 am 0Likes

    I would recommend taking a look at the phpEclipse project and see how it stacks up with the others. There is an active community willing to work on your bugs/feedback. They also have support for xdebug and dbg, and of course you can use mylyn and any other eclipse plugins.

    • Davey Shafik
      Posted March 16, 2009 9:15 pm 0Likes

      I mentioned phpEclipse, I dislike Eclipse and while it’s been a while, I was not impressed with phpEclipse when I tried it last. I will however try to review it also :)

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