Archives for October 2007

PHP Development with Eclipse PDT

Back in May, I wrote an article entitled, Review: DelphiForPHP Not Ready For Prime Time. It began, “DelphiForPHP is an integrated development environment (IDE) for PHP developers (i.e. a smart code editor with a built-in debugger). Yes, there are other PHP IDEs available (Zend, PHPEclipse and Eclipse PDT, to name three)…” This article is about getting started with one of the alternatives that I mentioned, namely Eclipse PDT.

I use Eclipse PDT, primarily because I am already used to using Eclipse with Java. Today, I recommended eclipse PDT to a colleague, even though she won’t be doing any Java work anytime soon. I made this recommendation for two practical reasons: 1) it’s free, 2) everyone else in the office is using Eclipse, so help is readily available to her.

Below are a few installation and getting-started tips I gave to my colleague. I thought these might prove useful to others, so I’m posting them here.

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