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    Please, recommend good (visual) editor for PHP

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    Well, since you didn't say it had to be free (most seem to do so, when they ask ), I'm going to highly recommend Dreamweaver (exp. Dreamweaver MX 2004). I used to use MX to do all my PHP programming, but have been using the demo of MX 2004 for about 2 weeks, and will upgrade to that soon (probably as soon as my demo runs out, and I'll be wondering why I didn't order it sooner... )

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    Free would be nice but it doesn't have to be

    I use Dreamweaver 4 for my development, didn't get to MX yet (shame on me!).

    Does MX show php code in colors?
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    Yes it does

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    Hey pyro -

    I use MX for the bones of all my php code, and then I hand code in the little extras and crap that mx won't do. How is MX 4 in comparison? You seem to like it - what are the new features, etc? Why so good? Why do I ask so many questions?
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    I personally only use WeaverSlave, although I have Dreamweaver MX. There's really nothing I miss with that program.
    And best of all, it's free!

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    If by "visual" code editor you mean something that highlights PHP code, there are quite a few out there that do that. A short list of the few editors (not IDEs) that I have used:

    - EditPlus (free trial, $30)
    PHP code highlighting
    FTP support
    Site/Project support (ala DWMX)
    Lightweight
    Multiple file search and replace

    - vim
    syntax higlighting
    almost standard on Linux/Unix
    windows port available
    quite a learning curve
    free

    - SciTE
    Unix/Linux editor
    Excellent windows port
    Free
    Function/block folding functionality
    Syntax highlighting
    "Intellisense"-style lookups
    Very lightweight
    Natively exports to PDF (great plus)
    Can edit just about any file you can think of

    There is an excellent listing of php editors that you can have a look at.

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    THANKS, PEOPLE!!!
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    I don't have any problem doing anything in PHP in MX or MX 2004, as I hard code everything I do. I've never used any of the prebuilt tag handling, etc, so I can't tell you if 2004 is better or not (except for one little difference that I noticed, which is that 2004 has support [aka. syntax highlighting and intelliText] for the preg_split() funciton ).

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    If you don't mind spending a bit of money and just want syntax highlighting rather than using a WYSIWYG (like DW) then I can thouroughly recommend Zend Studio, the Ultimate PHP tool (it was written by the guys who came up with PHP to start with)

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    I personally like jedit simply because I do a lot of "traveling" between windows and linux. I used to use MX, but had some problems with it slowing down after I added several sites (I do some upkeep on some pretty big sites). It has it's pluses and negatives that's for sure.
    And if you're like me you like the "$variables" in quotes like this to be colored. MX didn't do that. I have heard recently that their was a way, but I've already converted to the Dark Side .
    So whatever you like....there are TONS of free editors with syntax highlighting, and also others which aren't free.

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    Originally posted by piersk
    If you don't mind spending a bit of money and just want syntax highlighting rather than using a WYSIWYG (like DW) then I can thouroughly recommend Zend Studio, the Ultimate PHP tool (it was written by the guys who came up with PHP to start with)
    Sorry, but Zend didn't create PHP.

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    Ok, sorry, that should have been the guys who cam up with the first major version of PHP (PHP3).

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    I would like to know where you are coming up with this information.

    From zend.com itself -

    Zendís founders are the designers of PHP 4 and the Zend Engine 1.0; on which all PHP sites and applications are run.
    Zend didn't create php3, or anything like that. Zend was created by the people that developed PHP. Zend's major contribution is the Zend Engine.

    They are currently the biggest company dedicated to PHP, but they certainly didn't create it, nor did they release any version of it.

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