[UPHPU] VS.PHP as an IDE
RKeele at overlandwest.com
Mon Jul 30 11:43:57 MDT 2007
A few weeks ago, someone asked if anyone had any experience with VS.PHP,
which is a PHP plug-in for Visual Studio.
I downloaded a trial version of VS.PHP and gave it a whirl...
In order to run the application, you need to have Visual Studio
with VS 2005 being preferred. I got a free copy at a Microsoft thing a
or 2 ago, so that helped. VS is a little pricy, although I understand
is can be run with limited functionality under the Express Edition,
1. It seems to require you to store all of the files in a directory
below your My Documents folder. It does have the ability to deploy to
another folder, local or remote, but I like to code, save and refresh my
browser, without having to click my way through to the deploy option.
2. Debugging was OK, better than what I had (nothing) but nothing
3. Intellisense for PHP was OK, and excellent for HTML (But do you
need it for HTML?)
4. As someone who cut their coding teeth on Visual Basic, the interface
fairly easy to learn.
5. Updates to the software are frequent and install very quickly.
I am sure that over time this will improve into a very viable IDE for
With that all said, I downloaded the Zend Studio on Friday as a
and within 10 minutes think I would rather splash out on the Zend IDE in
lieu of the VS.PHP one. Especially since the base package is the same
($99) for both of them.
That was me that asked about it. I have recently started using
VS.net at work to maintain some aspx code. I have very little
experience using it and wondered if this plug-in was worth looking into.
>From your review it doesn't sound like I'll be switching over to use it
for my PHP development any time soon - but it is nice to be aware of it.
I am curious, however, to know if you can do the drag-and-drop
RAD thing and have it code behind in PHP?
I don't know though, I have a hard time with code-behind code
that is even a little bit bloated... so for now I'll be sticking with
ConTEXT and my own light-weight clean code. Is there such a thing as an
RAD IDE that generates clean code? In PHP or any other language?
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