IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software or website development. It increases programmer productivity. The best IDE comes with a number of features and services to develop a custom application.
Eclipse is popularly known for Java Development Environment of IBM and it’s is also available for PHP too.
It is open-source and supported on Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris and any other platform . Many libraries are already installed on it to provide following features.
- Code organistaion
- syntax highlighting
- code formatter
- Good debugging tool with step by step breakpoints.
- All files can be viewed and managed at same screen.
- Git version control
- Since Eclipse tools are open source, they are quickly updated with the latest technology that can be integrated into existing code.
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Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.
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Netbeans is a free and open source IDE of Oracle environment, written in java and was firstly developed for development based on Java language but it is a cross platform IDE which supports other languages like, PHP, HTMl5, C/C++ etc.
NetBeans PHP IDE is a complete package for all the php developers. It is supported on Windows, OSX and Linux.
- Few fetaures of NetBeans:
- Support major Php framework such as Zend, Symfony etc.
- Support version control system, GIT.
- Supports debugger.
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We like Eclipse over NetBeans because Eclipse takes less time in initialization compare to NetBeans. Also the intelligence feature on Eclipse is better than that of NetBeans. Or if user want to keep things simple and do not need extra features then user can go for notepad++. At last it’s yours choice and should compare all the 3 IDEs features then use according to your need. And comment below your prefered IDE for php.