Detailed IDE Reviews: How do you want to do this?


So, dear readers, I’m doing the IDE reviews for all of you guys and there’s two ways I can proceed:

I can take each of the requirements and do a single post per requirement with a writeup about it in detail for each of the 4 IDEs — then I was thinking for each new IDE I try, I can hit those same points. Or I can write up specifically on a single editor at a time, covering all of the requirements and I will also then review anything else about the editor etc.

I’d like to do a single post on the cross-platform technologies in play (Java Vs XUL) and on the Eclipse and Netbeans platforms (outside of any PHP plugins), but these fall outside of the scope of the original intention of reviewing the IDEs.

There are several incarnations of Eclipse I would like to review: Zend Studio for Eclipse, Aptana and PHPEclipse, I think perhaps I need a comparison table for Eclipse solutions on their own ;)


– Davey

IDE Comparison


So it seems that some people want to know my opinions on different IDEs that I have tried in my quest to find a good upgrade path from Zend Studio 5.5  — as such, I have created a new page with an overview of my requirements, and a table comparing the various IDEs I have tried.

Check out the IDE Comparison

I plan to follow up the page with in-depth posts on each requirement and how each IDE matches up. Furthermore, any new IDEs I try will get a write-up on each of the requirements. Look for these in the coming weeks and months :)

– Davey

Update: surprisingly, it took over 2hrs to get an e-mail telling me that VIM was the perfect IDE; I expected it far sooner. VIM might be the perfect IDE for some, but not for me. Though I do use it daily as a text editor on remote systems and like it for that purpose. Also, it’s great for editing xdebug human-readable traces thanks to Derick Rethans vim syntax file.