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Codelobster PHP Edition


The other day, I found a new IDE for working with PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript editor that I would like you to try: Codelobster PHP edition. Although it is focus on PHP, I decided to give it a try for working with HTML, CSS and Javascript (everybody knows I prefer TypeScript, and I hope that after this review, Codelobster encaurage to create a TypeScript plugin!!).

codelobster php edition

codelobster php edition

Codelobster PHP Edition

For valuable work on creation of sites you need a good comfortable editor necessarily. There are many requiring paid products for this purpose, but codelobster would like to select free of charge very functional and at the same time of simple in the use editor: codelobster php edition offer a multifunctional portable IDE absolutely FREE with all these standard features:

  • All code highlights depending on a type, the also mixed code is thus supported, so the area of HTML will be highlighted as HTML, PHP as PHP, and Javascript as Javascript in a the same file. Thre is possibility of choice from color schemes, including popular IDEs.
  • Powerful autocompletion for HTML, PHP, CSS and Javascript, including HTML5 and CSS3. For PHP the structure of project is fully recognized, and the complete list of methods falls out in the proper places.
  • HTML/CSS inspector on the type of Firebug, which allows easily to correlate the selected elements of page with a code and proper style.
  • Context help on all supported languages. By pressing F1 key the page with detailed description for current tag, attribute or function will be opened.
  • PHP debugger. PHP debugger allows to execute PHP scripts incrementally, watching the values of all variables in every line.
  • SQL manager allows to produce all necessary actions with a database – to add, delete, edit a structure and records in tables, to export data, execute SQL queries. Highlighting and autocompletion works for SQL files also.
  • Support of FTP allows to work straight with a remote server and to do all necessary changes with files;
  • The portable option allows to use editor without the preliminary installation.
  • Other useful utilities: pair highlighting, possibility of blocks selection, collapsing, tooltips, navigation on descriptions of functions and included files at withholding of the key of CTRL, viewing of structure of files and project, preview in a browser, book-marks, and all other standard possibilities for work with a code.

As a developer, I always prefer portable software, because the cost of transfer configurations to other computers is null: just transfer the directory where the executable is present, and you won’t notice a change no matter where you are programming!

Add more functionality with plugins

If you like to increase functionality, there are also special plugins to work with:

  • CMS: Drupal, Joomla
  • PHP frameworks: CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii, Laravel
  • JavaScript libraly: JQuery, Node.js
  • WordPress blogging engine
  • Smarty and Twig template engines

A great tool

I am always trying new tools, because I cann’t afford paid IDEs, and also because I prefer free software.

install codelobster php edition

install codelobster php edition

When installing the software, I discover that you can select for several color schemas:

color scheme

color scheme

But also, there is a plugin for supporting Python, which is great!


Plugins, including Python

To end with, this IDE is great, you can try for free and you’ll get for free activation-key in a minute. The paid version has more functionality, of course, but only in case you need it.

Have fun and happy code!

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