It is important to have a comfortable development environment to code better and faster.

And, there are numerous IDEs for that purpose, mostly paid and few free ones.

CodeLobster PHP Edition is a free IDE that has all the features we can expect. It is pretty powerful.

When starting, we can choose one of the many code-higlighting themes for the application (there are options which mimic the popular IDEs).

CodeLobster

As the name states, it is suitable for PHP (or client-side) developers. A built-in debugger exists and a source-comment filter simplifies locating the right lines of any file so easily.

The UI has support for multiple tabs, code is highlighted successfully even if multiple languages are used on the same file and there is autocompletion for HTML, PHP, CSS and Javascript, including HTML5 and CSS3.

CodeLobster has FTP integration and uploading files to any remote address is simple.

The application has some handy and hidden features like “pressing F1 on any function or element gets you to a related documentation page about it” or “an index can help you locate them quickly”.

CodeLbster WordPress Plugin

Besides the free edition, there are 2 more versions: Lite and Pro where

  • Lite version:
    • is integrated to all the popular version control systems (Git, SVN, Mercurial, TortoiseSVN)
    • has an SQL manager that can produce all necessary actions on a database
    • supports LESS and SASS
    • has code validator, formatter and snippets
  • Pro version:
    • has all the features of Lite
    • has plugins for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal
    • has plugins for CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii and Smarty
    • has plugin for jQuery
Coding with these plugins is very fast and easy as they have auto-complete and you don’t need to go back-and-forth to make sure you are using the right syntax.

The giveaway

CodeLobster is giving away 3 Pro licenses to WRD readers. You can join it by simply commenting to this post and winners will be selected randomly with the query below 1 week later (12 Nov 2013):

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4771 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

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