Using Xdebug with PhpStorm

Published: November 6, 2012

I’ve been using Zend Studio 5.5.0 as my IDE for as long as I can remember.  Unfortunately, my old trusty editor does not support some of the new features introduced with PHP 5.3 including namespaces and closures.  It shows them as syntax errors.  Thus, it was time to update my IDE.  Some of the IDE’s I looked at for a replacement were Aptana Studio 3, NetBeans 7.2, PhpStorm 5, and Zend Studio 9.  So far, I’m liking PhpStorm the best and in this post I’ll go further into how I got started with Xdebug in PhpStorm. Read more…

Warning: Expression Result Is Never Used

Published: January 17, 2012

I was recently quality control checking some code and decided to run the code analyzer in my IDE, Zend Studio, as an ancillary step in my review process.  I received a couple of warnings which stated “Expression result is never used”.  Despite the warning the PHP code worked just fine.  After further investigation I discovered why the analyzer was throwing the warning message. Read more…

Tabs Versus Spaces

Published: September 20, 2011

A recent discussion with my coworkers led me to post a query to the local PHP user group, “When you set up your IDE do you prefer tabs as spaces or tabs as tabs?  Why?”  I was certain that my preference was the right way but I was surprised that the replies were evenly split. Read more…

Windows 7 Zend Studio 5.5

Published: September 6, 2011

I recently started working on a new laptop with Windows 7 OS installed. Rather than installing Zend Studio 5.5.0, the IDE that I had been working with for many years, I decided to give the Zend Studio 8.0 trial version a test run. I was surprised that Zend Studio had iterated over versions 6, 7, and now 8 before I decided to upgrade. Hey, if it’s not broken then don’t fix it, right? Read more…

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