Review of Zend Studio 10: An efficient tool for PHP programming


Zend Studio 10 is one of the efficient and useful PHP IDE for professional PHP developers to produce Website content using PHP programming. This application come with support for several other programming languages as well as PHP, makes it an incredible tool for professional Web developers.

Zend Studio 10 is one of the efficient and useful PHP IDE for professional PHP developers to produce Website content using PHP programming. It is made to increase the developer productivity by making it possible to develop and simplify the coding process, clear up all application issues easily and boost team effort. This application comes with support for several other programming languages as well, it makes it an incredible tool for professional Web developers. It also runs very well on the Eclipse platform, which is great for advanced web development.
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Of course, flexibility is necessary in complex projects, which need the use of several programming languages, and Zend studio makes it possible to deal with PHP, ASP and JSP in one application. It also allows developers to handle several other programming languages such as JavaScript, jQuery, RSS, XML and Ajax JSON pages. Some of the features come with this application go beyond what most web developers will expect to have, such as team collaboration and FTP support.

Features of Zend Studio 10


Zend studio features smart color-coding, which allows you to quickly identify various areas of the code, by using suitable color-coding. The software not only come up with color coding options to let you find out various areas of the code, but also there are many other useful options available for user friendly coding, such as bookmarks and validation. Another big plus point here is its potential to handle FTP servers securely using SSL connection, which use Explicit and Implicit methods, within the IDE itself making it possible rapid real-world Web development.

Another major feature of this application is its integrated PHP debugger, which makes sure you coded PHP Script in the right way. Its debugger has all functionalities you can expect from an efficient dev tool, such as standard watch windows and breakpoints, and of course you would have proper control over the program you code. As soon as the debugger completes testing all of your script you coded in PHP, the application will let you know if there are any issues with your code by creating a log.

This application has a search and replace functionality, which works quite well across larger number of files and enables developers to edit content effortlessly on big and complex websites. Of course this functionality is a huge time saver for users, especially when searching for something specific to find. With this feature you can search within debugger, console output and many other tools around there. Many of other similar applications lack this amazing functionality, which gives some superior value among similar PHP IDEs.

Some of other features of this application are spell checker, code auto-completion, line number and built-in browser. There is a built-in browser included, which helps you see a quick preview of your website after you completed the coding, and you really don't have to launch any other web browser to view the output. Code auto-completion feature is great for PHP projects and huge time saver, especially if you are on a busy schedule, which helps you complete the code by most convenient suggestions, closing tags and brackets, etc. There is a task list feature included, which is especially helpful when you are working on same project as a team. This feature makes it really simple and easy to get updated and keep track of everyone on the team effortlessly. Finally, a handy feature available is that users can deal with multiple projects simultaneously, and even they can transfer files between one another effortlessly if it is necessary.

Support, Price & Availability


In order to provide good help and support, there is a resource section available in its official website, where you can find Documentation, Webinars and Zend discussion forum. The documentation section is really very helpful for both beginners and professional developers, there you have the access to videos, tutorials, hot topics, and previous version details regarding Zend Studio. Following this, there is an discussion forum available, where you can ask any questions or help related to the working of this application. Sadly, this application is not free to use, though users get free access to the features for 30 days from day of installation. Currently, you can purchase its personal license along with 1 year of free upgrades for just $89 and commercial version is available at $189.

Conclusion


The Zend Studio PHP editor is great and handy tool for both beginners and professionals. It does come with a lot of helpful features and tools that let you help in every phase of your project. Above of all, it supports all frameworks, including Zend, Symfony, Laravel, etc. Of course, there is no doubt that this application offers many features that doesn't available in similar professional IDEs, though it doesn't mean it is perfect in all ways. Coming to the cons, it doesn't have much support for CSS. It lacks a CSS validator and doesn't feature CSS code suggestions as well as auto-completion feature, while it works quite well with PHP files. This is really annoying, as you need to work with any CSS inevitable for your project must get done with any other application, which provides full support for CSS. Secondly, this application is not free. However, still it is a great tool for your PHP projects.

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