5 best IDE for Developing PHP applications on Windows

Now a days PHP is everywhere. My site also runs on PHP. When I started my first PHP application I needed an IDE that will make my work easier. So I searched a lot on the web and tried many applications. Finding the best among 100s of more or less the same products takes time, so here I’m listing top 5 IDEs for developing PHP applications to save your time.

  1. JetBrains PhpStorm

    PhpStorm is my first choice as a PHP IDE. This tool offers you maximum options and features. PhpStrom is not just for PHP it has an advanced JavaScript Editor and advanced HTML/XHTML/CSS Editor. It also supports FTP/SFTP synchronization, integrates well with Subversion, CVS, Mercurial and even with Git. Visual PHP & JavaScript debugger makes it even more useful than others.
    More Features, Download 30 days trial.

    As it is a paid software I would recommend only professional or advance developers to use this tool. Beginners may start with open source softwares like NetBeans and Eclipse PDT listed below.
  2. NetBeans IDE

    NetBeans is undoubtedly the best IDE for JavaScript but it stands second on the list for PHP. This open-source software provides enough to develop an application based on PHP. It also supports on-screen debugging function and more. This tool is easier to install and configure than PhpStorm. This tool is very well documented and recommended for beginners.
    Docs & Support, Download.

  3. Eclipse PDT

    Developed by Zend and IBM, an IDE which focuses on the development of complex PHP-driven web applications. Roy Ganor is the leader of the project and this project is developed mostly by individuals. This Open Source project is really good and rich in inbuilt features. If you don’t want to pay for an IDE then you must try this.
    More Information, Download.

  4. phpDesigner 7

    phpDesigner 7 is more than just a powerful and lightning fast PHP IDE and PHP EDITOR – it’s also a full-featured HTML-, CSS- and JavaScript editor boosted with features so you can get your work done — for both beginners and professional developers!
    phpDesigner 7 assists you with everything from editing, analyzing, debugging to publishing websites powered by PHP, HTML, CSS to JavaScript plus other languages!
    phpDesigner 7 supports not only working with your favorite PHP frameworks but also popular JavaScript frameworks jQuery, Ext JS, YUI, Dojo, MooTools and Prototype!
    More Information, Download 21 days trial.

  5. PHPEdit

    PHPEdit is a complete integrated development environement for PHP. Much more than a simple editor, it helps you carry out your projects in a friendly and efficient way, with a single tool integrating all the features you will need from the design of your projects, their documentation, to their deployment.
    With PHPEdit you will:

    • Write your code faster with all the available code assistants and code generators.
    • Improve the quality of your projects with the integrated debugger, and the unit tests module.
    • Deploy easily with a single click your projects, and work transparently on remote files.
    • Work with a team and archive the versions of your files with CVS and SubVersion.
    • Increase your productivity with your favorite frameworks: Symfony, Prado et eZ publish.

    More Information, Download 30 days trial.

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