PHPStorm – Is It The Best IDE that Programmers Use?

Let us start with the topic – what is PHPStorm? PHPStorm or JetBrains PHPStorm can be defined as a commercial as well as cross platform IDE for PHP that is built on the IntelliJ IDEA platform of JetBrains. It plays the role of an editor for PHP, HTML as well as JavaScript that come along with on-the-fly analysis of codes, prevention of errors as well as automated refactorings for Javascript along with PHP codes.

Now let us discuss why PHPStorm is regarded as the best IDE that is used by the programmers. Firstly, it is an IDE that is as effective and as useful as larger versions of the IDEs like Zend Studio or Eclipse. However, it comes without the customary bulk as well as the bunch of needless functions that make these other IDEs so hard to understand, learn, as well as use. PHPStorm also functions on any type of Operating System with support from the Mac OSX, MS Windows or Linux.

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The platform comes up with all the standard features that one can expect from any IDE and these features include code completion, support for the latest version (5.4) of PHP, along with some highly effective documentation that are used during the time of using the standard functions. The platform also justifiably highlights the presence of any duplicate coding. It would also alert the users whenever something goes wrong.

It also provides tremendous support when it comes to navigating between different files along with the classes and creating the UMLs that offer a better view of each & every stuff. Again, project navigation as well as project searching becomes extremely quick in PHPStorm and this makes the search in the Magento projects lightning fast.

The auto upload feature that it comes up with is also astounding, as it is designed to provide the option of automatically uploading the files as soon as changes are made. Besides, one can also specify the exact file(s) and directory(ies) from within a given project and this helps to do away without the need of uploading LESS or any similar kind of files.

It also comes up with a string of plugins that compensate any missing feature(s) in the original IDE. For example, the Magento plugin comes in handy when working with Magento projects. Another such extremely useful plugin that makes the platform so handy is the LESS plugin that comes with the twitter bootstrap, which automatically helps compile the LESS files to the CSS stylesheets.

PHPStorm also is available with the easiest and the most user friendly debugging solution. The debugging session can be triggered off in the browser by just a click of the mouse, irrespective of the project or the web server path.

All said and done, the most amazing feature for which PHPStorm is preferred over ZendStudio or Eclipse PDT as the best IDE is its overall performance. When Linux Ubuntu is used, Eclipse PDT gets painstakingly slow. When it comes to PHPStorm, it really works like a storm in terms of speed and that is what makes it so unique.

In the nutshell, the unique features that make PHPStorm so much adored and preferred include Language Feature Support, PHP Refactoring, Code Completion, Code Formatting, Code arranger and rearranger, PHPDoc Support, and Framework Support.

PHPStorm also comes up with features like rich as well as intelligent code editor(s) that are/is exclusively designed for PHP that practically “gets” the code along with deeply understanding the structure, besides supporting PHP 5.3, 5.4 as well as 5.5 for modern or legacy projects. The IDE also provides smart code completion along with syntax highlighting, configuration for extended code formatting, code folding, Support Language Mixtures etc.

It also features the Code Quality Analysis capability that is possible by PHP Code Sniffer & Mess Detector feature, Smarty & Twig Templates Editing feature, Smart Duplicated Code Detector feature, Efficient Project Analysis as well as Navigation feature, ability to callback references, and the Phar Packages.

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