Best PHP editor for Mac?

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    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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    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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    angelwatt

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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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    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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    Because it's expensive? :p
     
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    I really like Coda. I love the way it makes everything you need all bundled together.
     
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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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    I use Coda. It's great.
     
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    I use Rixedit, part of the ACP.
     
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    No vim?
     
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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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    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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    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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    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 :D

    I'm jealous!
     
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Phil A.

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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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    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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    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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