For the past few years I have been, in my spare time, completing freelance work. Most recently I have developed a piece of software that has picked up some interest and so I am going to be having it commercially distributing it.

My current setup has been simple as it has been all that I need, a simple WAMP like localhost / numerous VPS' for online deployment and debugging, and Notepad++ for editing/writing. However with the recent developments of interest in my software I am wanting to upgrade to a more professional 'workstation'.

I am looking, ideally, for a PHP IDE with integrated SVN control that can be stored locally (rather than external SVN storage - as a commercial product I need to keep all my side). There will be several versions of this software so if possible a way of sending some changes to all versions and other changes just to some.

If there is also a package for all of this that comes with a server setup (for Windows) I would be happy to change my localhost to this.

Any suggestions at this point are most appreciated!

  • What do you mean by "integrated SVN control that can be stored locally"?
    – rrirower
    Dec 28, 2015 at 21:09
  • @rrirower From what I understand some SVN systems store online/servers/FTPs/Github etc. I am just wanting a system to be able to store on my work computer rather than pushing files to elsewhere, if that makes sense.
    – webdevoo76
    Dec 28, 2015 at 21:43

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I'm currently using PHPED. It's a PHP editor that provides debugging of local and remote systems and includes these features:

  • Dynamic Syntax Highlighting
  • Multiple Language Syntax Highlighting
  • Auto Highlight Variable
  • Code Folding
  • Support for all HTML standards
  • Fast Search
  • Fast File Open
  • Diff Viewer
  • Worksets
  • Bookmarks
  • Code Profiler
  • and more...

And, while it does not come installed with an SVN client, you can easily integrate Tortoise SVN with PHPED. SVN will allow you to set up a local repository per your requirements.

PHPED is relatively inexpensive ($67 to $179 depending on the version), and can be installed on a trial basis.

  • Perfect, many thanks for this suggestion! Just what I am looking for.
    – webdevoo76
    Dec 29, 2015 at 10:36
  • To add. PHPED NuSphere interactive debugger has some features that xdebug doesn't. Like "set execution point" (or reverse debugging). Also it's easier to setup. I was used to debug in Visual Studio for C/C++, and PHPED was a perfect fit for PHP development and interactive debugging. Aug 27, 2016 at 20:21

PhpStorm is exactly what you are looking for, even better. Also free for students, education and open source projects, else $89 /1st year, $71 /2nd year, $53 /3rd year onwards... If you are looking for a free IDE then go with NetBeans. It also has local history.

  • There is nothing out there to beat PHPtorm (+1). For those who want a free product, I recommend NetBeans, although you might also try out CodeLobster and even MS Visual Studio with its PHP extension
    – Mawg
    Jan 5, 2016 at 11:01

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