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ZDNet: Zend Sticks to Basics; a Linux IDE for PHP

Feb 26, 2001, 15:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nolan Andres)

"The IDE Client is written in Java (it requires Java 1.3) and supports most recent versions of Linux, as well as Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. The Debug Server requires PHP 4.0.3 or higher and Apache 1.3.x; it is supported on Linux, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris and FreeBSD. ... We tested both Zend IDE Client and Debug Server using Debian Project's Debian GNU/Linux 2.2. Setup of Zend IDE Client and Debug Server on Linux was moderately complex, but the included instructions made the install relatively painless."

"The editing features of Zend IDE Client provide a substantial subset of the features we would expect in a programmer's editor, but the editor alone won't woo Unix PHP developers away from their near-religious devotion to emacs or vi. Zend IDE Client provides HTML code completion, cross-file searching (but not replacement) and configurable syntax coloring for both HTML and PHP code."

"Overall, the Debug Server is the most advanced feature of the Zend IDE. Once we deployed files to a PHP server running Zend Debug Server, we were able to set watches and breakpoints, step through or over our code, stop or pause the debugger, view debug messages, and monitor the resulting output."

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