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The best php and html editor?





ocalhoun
I'm stuck with windows vista right now, so I'm unable to use my favorite html editor, quanta plus, which is only for linux.


So, since I've always used that one, I could use some help choosing a new, windows-compatible one.

What I like about quanta (and would like to see in its replacement):
*Syntax highlighting for html, php, and java
*Integrated page preview
*Edit multiple files in several tabs
*Auto-completion for html tags and when coding in php
*Integrated reference files for html, php, and java
*Code-typing based; not wysiwyg (though a wysiwyg editor with code-typing ability and all of the other features would be acceptable; even quanta had a wysiwyg editor to supplement the code.)

It would be nice if it were free, and excellent if it were open-source, but with windows software you can't be too picky about such things. I just want something that will satisfy me, especially if I am going to pay for it.
Arseniy
Oh my god, dude, you're so legible!
I always use Notepad to edit my webpages. But Notepad2 suits more for me because it has syntax highlighting.
selevan
I'd say dreamweaver, never had any problems with it.
Gushe
I'd say notepad++
It highlights Loads of programming languages & is able to work in tabs.
swizzy
selevan wrote:
I'd say dreamweaver, never had any problems with it.


Nope man... no dreamweaver for me... slow, no bracket highlighting, no live debugging, no custom syntax highlighting... phpDesigner 2008 is the only software which does this properly, its got everything else except... code folding.

But that can be ignored, since it has the whole php manual, textdiff, and a whole plethora of tools integrated. I can open .module files with php code, and syntax highlighting on, this is very disappointingly absent in dreamweaver.
Marineguyfla
I would use Notepad++, a free, Open source text editor that can do like 40+ different languages. You can check everything about it out at their website.
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/
jackill
I prefer:

Eclipse PDT + Aptana plugin /it's all FREE/. It supports PHP, HTML, JS, CSS. Syntax highlighting, live debug, bracket matching, refactoring, autocompletion and much more.

http://www.eclipse.org/pdt/

Aptana: Help > Software Updates > Find and Install > Search for new features to install

(New Remote Site). Add adress: http://update.aptana.com/install/3.2/ & click next & install all features

And it's done Smile

Let the screenies talk for itself:





airh3ad
i like notepad to edit my site and dreamweaver mx they all good to me .
dude_xyx
If you want html + PHP then I think Dreamweaver is the best choise. Overole its better than many of those other editors I have used. Great support for CSS too.
bulek
notepad++ or ultraedit are very good as well.
jackill
But Eclipse is free, and also supports Java, C, C++, C#, .NET and any other programming language Smile
ocalhoun
jackill wrote:
I prefer:

Eclipse PDT + Aptana plugin /it's all FREE/. It supports PHP, HTML, JS, CSS. Syntax highlighting, live debug, bracket matching, refactoring, autocompletion and much more.

http://www.eclipse.org/pdt/

Aptana: Help > Software Updates > Find and Install > Search for new features to install

(New Remote Site). Add adress: http://update.aptana.com/install/3.2/ & click next & install all features

And it's done Smile

Let the screenies talk for itself:



That looks very nice indeed, perhaps even a bit better than quanta in some ways. I'll definitely try it.
I'm glad I asked here, or I probably would never have found this one!
themit
Dreamweaver, it isn't free, but sometimes you have to pay for the power. My only concern with Dreamweaver is that it can sometimes generate bad code, especially when CSS is concerned, so I tend to just use the CODE view and then enjoy syntax highlighting, it taking care of files, FTP etc. It, unlike Frontpage in the past, is also supportive of technology like PHP & mySQL. Plus in the new Dreamwaver CS3, Spry, which is a type of AJAX is supported. So I'd use that.
ocalhoun
themit wrote:
My only concern with Dreamweaver is that it can sometimes generate bad code,


Which is why I don't want anything that 'generates' any code at all! I'll generate my own code; it isn't that hard, and I can always be sure that I'll be able to understand my own code.

Besides, how could a wysiwyg editor work well with a php based site?
Faraz
I use winsyntax. It has syntax highlighting.
csoftdev
Zend is defnitely the best that I have tried. it works on both windows and linux and it has very nice interface and user friendly interface which makes things a lot easier for me while coding php
ocalhoun
ocalhoun wrote:
jackill wrote:
I prefer:

Eclipse PDT + Aptana plugin /it's all FREE/. It supports PHP, HTML, JS, CSS. Syntax highlighting, live debug, bracket matching, refactoring, autocompletion and much more.

http://www.eclipse.org/pdt/

Aptana: Help > Software Updates > Find and Install > Search for new features to install

(New Remote Site). Add adress: http://update.aptana.com/install/3.2/ & click next & install all features

And it's done Smile

Let the screenies talk for itself:



That looks very nice indeed, perhaps even a bit better than quanta in some ways. I'll definitely try it.
I'm glad I asked here, or I probably would never have found this one!


*has problems downloading aptana*
I'm using the program's interface to try to get aptana, but it keeps telling me 'an exception has occurred' no information more than that, and the download stalls at the end. Is there any other way to get that upgrade?

csoftdev wrote:
Zend is defnitely the best that I have tried. it works on both windows and linux and it has very nice interface and user friendly interface which makes things a lot easier for me while coding php

I'll try zend too, while I try to make eclipse work.
jackill
@ocalhoun: check as is described here: http://update.aptana.com/update/studio/3.2/
Studio Madcrow
Notepad++ does the tabs, the highlighting and the folding and is MUCH smaller and faster than any Java/Eclipse-based solution will EVER be. I recommend that you give it a try.
ocalhoun
Well, right now I'm using zend, which works quite well right out of the box.
I'll still try to get aptana to work though.
larkanain-hacker
but guy i don't use that kind of software
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