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Old Oct 24, 2007, 06:30 AM   #1
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Best PHP editor for Mac?

I am new to Macs and will be getting my first MBP in the coming weeks... so was just curious what the best PHP editor was for the Mac? Currently I am using HTML Kit on my PC...
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Old Oct 24, 2007, 06:43 AM   #2
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Personally, I use TextMate for PHP (and just about everything else - it's supplanted BBEdit as my preferred programmers text editor).
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Old Oct 24, 2007, 07:36 AM   #3
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I don't do a ton of PHP, but when I do I use BBEdit. It doesn't have code completion, but it does have clippings and the program is scriptable, which I find is one of its greatest features.

It really depends on how you code and what you want from your editor. If you have specific needs that you can state you might get more refined answers from people.
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Old Oct 24, 2007, 07:53 AM   #4
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Old Oct 24, 2007, 08:11 AM   #5
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Why not use Dreamweaver I find it the best program for doing any coding in, I've used it for years and its great.
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Why not use Dreamweaver I find it the best program for doing any coding in, I've used it for years and its great.
Because it's expensive?
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Old Oct 24, 2007, 08:30 AM   #7
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There is php Studio, TextMate is hard to beat.

There is a list of Web Editors here.

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Old Oct 24, 2007, 11:08 AM   #8
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I really like Coda. I love the way it makes everything you need all bundled together.
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Old Oct 24, 2007, 06:42 PM   #9
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I really like Coda, very slick. But, its missing an inline debugger. (I am sure they will add it at some point)

Another option is Komodo. It has an inline debugger and is more mature. Little slower though. (Komodo also has a Linux and Windows version, so its nice that it will be the same regardless of the platform you are running)

I would recommend totally avoiding Zend Studio, its slow as crap and not worth it at all.
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 12:55 AM   #10
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I use Coda. It's great.
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I use Rixedit, part of the ACP.
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 01:55 AM   #12
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 02:34 AM   #13
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textmate is the best for just about any coding language, especially HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript and all sorts of other web languages
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 01:25 PM   #14
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textmate is the best for just about any coding language, especially HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript and all sorts of other web languages
Best is your opinion, text editors are personal beasts and what is best to one person is cruppy to another.

I tried it and the lack of basic features during the 1.0 and 1.1 days made me give up on it in a heart beat.

The OP needs to test them all out and decide for himself.
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 01:37 PM   #15
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I'm personally quite a fan of Smultron. Not bloated, multidocs and very good syntax highlighting. And i love it's icon :-)
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BBEdit is excellent but not free.
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 02:47 PM   #17
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Smultron is absolutely great.
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I'm so behind the times....

I use GNU nano with PHP syntax colouring turned on

... but I usually do my PHP'ing when secure-shelled into a unix webserver, so a text-mode console is all I get anyway

I'm jealous!
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 10:46 PM   #19
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I use SubEthaEdit, but after reading this thread I'll be giving a shot to the other apps listed.
If you work on a collaborative environment though, I think SubEtha would be hard to beat.
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Old Oct 25, 2007, 11:49 PM   #20
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Best is your opinion, text editors are personal beasts and what is best to one person is cruppy to another.

I tried it and the lack of basic features during the 1.0 and 1.1 days made me give up on it in a heart beat.

The OP needs to test them all out and decide for himself.
You should try it again (and maybe dig a bit deeper into it's capabilities). It's by far the most powerful GUI text editor on the mac.
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Old Oct 26, 2007, 12:22 AM   #21
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Why not use Dreamweaver I find it the best program for doing any coding in, I've used it for years and its great.
I agree but I costs quite a bit. If you can afford it, I'd do Dreamweaver.

If only Xcode could write web languages like PHP. That would be sweet.
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If only Xcode could write web languages like PHP. That would be sweet.
You know, as I've learned more, I've cared less and less about syntax highlighting? I just want my text editor to open quickly and stay out of my way.
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I use BBEdit for simple quick changes, or Eclipse with the PHP plugins for large scale developments
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... but I usually do my PHP'ing when secure-shelled into a unix webserver, so a text-mode console is all I get anyway
I do all my editing remote as well, but that's what SFTP is for.. just connect with Cyberduck and open the files through that, it'll upload directly everytime you save :-).
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Old Oct 26, 2007, 01:19 PM   #25
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zend studio

I've been using zend studio for quite some time now. It's a great IDE with lots of code completion for objects and methods. I haven't touched the debugging in it, but from what I've read it's very robust.

It costs a bit of money, but you get what you pay for with it. I've tried using coda and komodo and they just don't stack up. Komodo would be the closest native program to Zend Studio. It's written in java and is kinda slow but it doesn't impact your workflow. There is a demo available for it.
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