I have tried a number of the PHP IDE environments on my WinXP development workstation and usually keep going back to my EditPlus Editor. I really like the integrated debugger but not at a sacrifice of speed of the UI. EditPlus is a very fast editor and has build-in support for HTML, PHP and other languages - but no debugger. EditPlus is just a very good Editor.
I've just (a few days) been trying the latest PHPEdit IDE environment. This is a full ide with integrated debugger. It's very nice to have the IDE features and be able to place debugbreak(); in your code and then singlestep or around code and watch variables. It just takes longer to load then PhotoShop so you best be not just wanting to do a quick edit of a file.
The other IDE is NuSphere's PHPEd
which is also commercial licensing and rated better. I tried it for the 30 days but could not convience myself of the full cost.
I need the debugger occasionally and it is nice to have but I also found these tools end up getting slower and slower as the day goes on - probally all the history it's maintaining. So I have to reboot. I really don't want to have to reboot twice a day and re-organize my sessions again.
With EditPlus, I can be working for a week and not have to reboot and it's always the fasted app on my desktop.
I'm trying PhpEdit again to see it this has improved. The IDE is pretty nice and on my Dual Montors - it fits very nicely. Now to see if I get reasonable and sustained performance. I'm not a touch typist by anymeans but I don't want to have to wait for the letters to appear.
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