Over a million developers have joined DZone.

Top 3 IDEs That Made PHP Programming Easy

DZone's Guide to

Top 3 IDEs That Made PHP Programming Easy

A list of the benefits around using 3 PHP IDEs: NetBeans, PHP Storm, and Zend.

· Web Dev Zone ·
Free Resource

Have you seen our HERE Twitch channel to livestream our Developer Waypoints series?

PHP programming must go hand-in-hand with a good IDE. Apart from the basic text editor, it is advised to start off PHP programming with feature-rich IDE. The best IDE comes with a number of features and services to develop a custom PHP application.

Many cross-platform, free, downloadable IDEs are available in the market that run on Linux, Windows, and Mac. Enterprises need to look for more of the latest sets of features in advanced IDEs to develop a professional-looking web development project. PHP developers must choose an appropriate IDE that suits project requirements.

The three best IDEs are:

Image title

1. PHP Storm (Commercial Version)

PHP strom is developed by JetBrains. It is one of the best commercial full-featured IDEs for PHP, used for rapid web development. PHP Storm can be integrated well with all frameworks and CMS systems like Zend, CakePHP, Yii, Symphony, Laravel, and Wordpress, Drupal, and Magento.

A few Feautures of PHP Storm include:

  • Easier code for developers

  • Live-editing of front-end technologies like CSS, HTML5, Javascript, Typescript etc.

  • Local and remote debugging

  • Code Refactoring

  • Free-of-cost for open source projects

2. NetBeans

An open-source PHP IDE for the masses is NetBeans. NetBeans is feature-rich, light-weight, faster, and offers multi-language support. It is one of the biggest IDE communities for developers, with more than 18 million downloads.

A few Features of Netbeans include:

  • Code Refactoring

  • Smart Code Completion

  • HTML, Javascript, and CSS suppor

  • Commad-line Debugging

  • All popular PHP frameworks support

3. Zend Studio

The other enterprise PHP IDE is Zend Studio. It is highly adopted by professional web designers and developers. It supports several platforms like Windows, Linux, and OSX. It offers high-level processes that speed-up PHP programming execution.

A few Features of Zend Studio Include:

  • Trend setting tools and features

  • Intuitive UI

  • Mobile app development support

  • Deployment for Microsoft Azure, and Amazon AWS

  • Faster performance

Developer Waypoints is a live coding series from HERE, which will teach you how to build with maps and location data.

php development tools ,php development ,phpstorm ,netbeans ,zend studio

Published at DZone with permission of

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}