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Powerful tool for writing and testing PHP scripts and HTML pages

Writing PHP code and testing it on-the-fly can be a real hassle but this offering from DzSoft promises to ease the pain of coding by acting as a virtual server that can process code and display the results: DzSoft PHP Editor.

DzSoft PHP Editor is primarily a code editor, and includes the majority of features that you'd expect from this type of software. However, while most rival code editors tend to generalize, offering syntax highlighting for a multitude of languages DzSoft PHP Editor is specifically tuned to the needs of web programmers who are working with the Hypertext Preprocessor language. Evidence of this can be found in the inclusion of common code and functions libraries and the ability to run and preview your work.

At first glance DzSoft PHP Editor doesn't appear to have a particularly intuitive interface. The design wouldn't be out of place in Windows 95 and the main editor window is a typical reproduction of Notepad with each line numbered for easy reference. What appears to be a navigation bar on the left offers some hope of functionality, and once you get stuck in to coding DzSoft PHP Editor really delivers. DzSoft PHP Editor's explorer bar tracks everything and records the location of each include, function, variable, and class you use. Should you wish to specifically save a reference point on DzSoft PHP Editor you can add up to nine bookmarks, although you can't assign names to them - an addition that would have helped clarify what function each snippet serves.

To use the run and preview feature you must install PHP on your PC, a simple operation when compared to setting up your computer as a server that can process PHP. With a syntax check also included, this tool comes highly recommended to anyone that will be writing significant bodies of PHP. DzSoft PHP Editor may be a little rough around the edges, but with its outstanding functionality, that can be forgiven.

DzSoft PHP Editor is a handy and powerful tool for writing and testing PHP scripts and HTML/XML pages. Being designed specifically for PHP development, it has a friendly, but powerful interface that is comfortable both for beginners and experienced programmers.

DzSoft PHP Editor is packed with essential features needed for easy and productive PHP development, such as convenient one-click preview in internal browser (with no web server required), quick insert features, code and files explorer bars, different kinds of quick code insertion features, and many other things.

Main features of the app:

  • PHP and HTML/XML syntax highlighting

  • Built-in FTP Client

  • Code explorer

  • File explorer

  • Project manager

  • File search utility

  • One-click run and preview (in internal browser or external browser)

  • Syntax checking

  • Full reporting of errors and warnings

  • Full control of the input data and environment variables

  • Support for virtually all currently used content types

  • PHP extensions supported

  • Quick insertion of PHP functions

  • Features for quick navigation in the code

  • Customizable code templates

PROS

  • Run & Preview option
  • Explorer for all includes, functions, variables, classes
  • Syntax check
  • Code templates and functions libraries

CONS

  • Dated interface
  • Highlighting not discriminate enough (variables same as functions)
  • No auto-indent/auto-formatting

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