Good enough environment for Symfony

I’ve been always using Far manager with a numeric set of plugins (like code highligher, ftp, etc) and I should say that I’ve really got high performance with it. But when I’ve started to use Symfony I noticed that I’d need another tool for browsing through project files. So far I know that I dont want to use Zend Studio for sure (I’ve won a free copy of Zend Studio professional a couple of years ago on PhpClasses but I’ve never used it because it’s Java-based and too slow for me.. Actually, they could have much progress since that time but I doubt). I’ve heard a lot about phpDesigner and that’s what I’m trying out in this moment. So far looks good. I liked a lot embedded CHM files support. So for instance, I’ve just added CHM generated for Symfony framework and it works really good (I took CHM from here: I’ve also heard that Eclipse is good but I dont like it’s Java-based too.

Any ideas what else worth to try as integrated environement for Symfony?

13 replies on “Good enough environment for Symfony”

We are using PDT (Ecplipse).

Some people say that it’s even slower than Zend Studio – but I can’t complain about bad perfomance – enough ram is necessary, though.
I love the SVN integretation, the Aptana Plugin, the Code Browser, Search & Replace capabilities, syntax highlighting and outlining.

Zend Studio is perfect. It can be slow, but this seems to be a problem with some Java settings and can easily be fixed (I’ve never experienced this myself, but have heard about this from some Zend guys).

I’ve been a happy user of Zend Studio since 4.something, and now with 5.5 I can’t stay away from it anymore. I’m addicted 😉

I’m Using WaterProof PHPEdit 2.10 and I’m telling you this is a great tool, I used zend Studio, other ones like mencioned above, and I really prefer this one, it has all the features i need, and you can add api clases, so I added the symfony package and I gat a lo of help, now i’m gonna add the chm like you, ’cause this tool also has this feature.
You really need to try it.

I’ve been using Activestate’s Komodo, it’s a good environment for coding php. code completion works well with symfony. It’s got some nice little features. eg. it won’t put tabs in your yaml. decent editor but I miss column editing like in vim or ultraedit.

Eclipse PDT for me, too, running on Ubuntu 7.04. Minor problems with the built-in browser (had to disable it), but it’s not such a must.
Overall, very stable. OK, it gets a little lazy when you have 30+ files open, but it’s OK.

I’ve used Eclipse for a while, Aptana Studio later on, and now I am absolutely satisfied with NetBeans 6.5 (just the PHP editor), it is really awesome. 22 MB install, really lightweight compared with Eclipse + PDT, and nothing to miss from them.

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