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When I first came to WW, the fine folks gave me a taste for SEO, and now, at least, I know what it means ;) I'm also getting right into PHP and all it's capabilities.
I've been using topstylepro and notetabpro for creating non-PHP files, though found the colour syntax (all blue) when writing PHP a bit cumbersome and hard to read
Since then I've downloaded a free prog called PHPEdit, anyone heard of that one before? It's pretty handy, the colour syntaxing is good, it'll spot bad typages, and highlight your brackets upon hover to show where the other corresponding bracket is.
These sort of things are good to emphasise how much over my head the PHP scripts I try to make alreadt are ;)
I was wondering if there were any other good (free, always free) PHP editors out there that offer some of the things a newbie PHPer would want.
I can't say I've spotted many editors like the one above, but then again I've not used that many editors.
I have tried a few of the ones people have mentioned here, HAPedit was one I think. It seemed good but I am so used to Textpad, yes it's 20 USD, that I have never switched to anything else.
It has everything I need and want, was a steal for 20 bucks. It has all kinds of free add ons, syntax colouring for many different languages, a very good multi file search and replace, fast and lightweight.
On windows I use (and have for years now) Editor99.
When I flip over to BeOS, I use Pe (Programmers Editor).
Both are lightweight, fast, and flexible in their styling features.
I find these so called "everything but the kitchen sink" style of editors that have humungous toolbars that supposedly save you time to be actually less efficient.
When you know html and php intrinsically, it becomes so much easier just to write good code, and copy/paste repeated material later, then to run a gui table making wizard. ;-)
If you're using Windows, try this one:
Maguma Studio Light 1.0.3 [maguma.com]
It's free, and the download comes in three versions. One is just the editor, the second is the editor and a PHP debugging DLL you add to the PHP Extensions folder, and the third is all the above plus a PHP distribution (don't remember which one they're using right now, but it's 4.2.x).
You may find, as I have, that the debugging capability alone is worth using this editor.
You can also upgrade to the Pro Desktop version, which includes a WAMP (Win/Apache/MySQL/PHP) distribution that installs and configures it automagically on a Windows box. It includes a dozen or so features not in the free version, but may not matter depending on what kind of development you do.
Costs $99 US (approximately) or 95 Euros for the Pro.
Hope this helps.
More of an upper crust option is Nusphere's PHP Advantage.