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Review: NuSphere PHPEd


I think it's quite amazing how far the PHP and MySQL combination of apps have come in the past 2-3 years. They both started from humble beginnings, yet today they are arguably the most popular scripting and database combination for new programmers to learn. In this article, John takes a look at PHPEd and talks about its interface, installer, and his overall opinion of it as an IDE for developing PHP scripts.

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By: John Ferme
Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars / 4
January 08, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Review: NuSphere PHPEd
  2. · PHPEd in review
  3. · PHPEd in review (contd.)
  4. · Conclusion

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Review: NuSphere PHPEd - Conclusion
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PHPEd is a great IDE for quickly and easily creating PHP scripts that incorporate MySQL data basing functionality. If you're looking for an IDE that will allow several developers to easily work on one project together, or even a tool just to help you get things done quicker, then PHPEd is definitely for you.

Here's my list of pro's and con's for PHPEd:

Pro's:
  • Tightly integrated support and functionality for MySQL databases.
  • Great built-in debugging and stepping features, which makes debugging your PHP scripts a breeze.
  • Auto-complete function name suggestions and function parameter listings.
  • Built-in FTP manager for opening remote files quickly and easily.
  • Installs and automatically configures Apache, PHP and MySQL.
Con's:
  • A tad on the expensive (and ironic) side for an IDE that supports a scripting language released under the GPL
  • When I ran PHPEd on my Windows 2000 machine it crashed 4 times over the 6 hours that I was testing it
Overall Rating

PHPEd retail boxOverall, I give PHPEd eight stars out of ten. I would recommend it to anyone who has around 3-6 months experience with PHP and MySQL, and is looking for a way to combine the advanced functionality of phpMyAdmin, a slick debugger and a handy IDE into one complete package.

PHPEd comes in two flavors: PHPEd, which retails for USD $299, and PHPEd Advantage, which retails for USD $495. For more information on PHPEd or to purchase, you can visit http://www.nusphere.com/products/phpadv.htm.
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