Finding a comfortable but useful IDE for web development has been a constant battle for me. From the days of Coffee Cup, through Eclipse and Dreamweaver to Brackets – I have tried them all. So when I came across CodeLobster IDE I was frankly dubious. However, there are elements that make this stand out from the crowd. Above all, for most web designers the inclusion of the major packages such as WordPress and Joomla make this a “goto” tool for agile programming.
It is has been around for a while so the bugs have been ironed out but the new version is worth downloading – there is a free download by the way.
OK, so let’s get down to the details.
The program includes auto-completion function, which greatly speeds up the programmer’s work and eliminates the possibility of errors.
The built-in PHP debugger allows you to execute PHP scripts step by step, sequentially moving through the lines of code. You can assign check points, view the process of the work of loops, and monitor the values of all variables during the execution of the script.
Other useful functions and features of the IDE:
- A pair highlighting of parentheses and tags – you will never have to count parentheses or quotation marks, the editor will take care of it.
- Highlighting of blocks, selection and collapsing of code snippets, bookmarks to facilitate navigation on the edited file, recognition and building of the complete structure of PHP projects – these functions ensure easy work with projects of any scale.
- Support for 17 user interface languages, among them English, German, Russian, Spanish, French and others.
- The program works on the following operation systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS, Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian.
The professional version of CodeLobster IDE provides the programmer with even more features.
For example, you have an opportunity to work with projects on a remote server with use of the built-in FTP client. You can edit the selected files, preview the results and then synchronize the changes with the files on the hosting.
In addition, the professional version includes an extensive set of plug-ins and this is where it really comes into its own:
- A large set of extensions that help to work with PHP frameworks – CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Laravel, Phalcon, Smarty, Symfony, Twig and Yii plug-ins.
- Plugins for working with the most popular CMS – Drupal, Joomla, Magento and WordPress.
We can download and install any framework directly from the program without being distracted from the main tasks.
You can download CodeLobster IDE from the official website http://codelobster.com/.
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