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Zend Studio For Eclipse - Page 2

by: PHP Builder Staff
July 7, 2009

Most of the coolest visual features are changeable under window -> preferences. Here you can set the colors, font styles, font colors, and about a thousand other things, from HTML to XML, PHP to JavaScript, its all there. You could spend literally hours playing with those settings alone. Its annoyingly addictive to my obsessive-compulsive mind. I mean, how small can I get the font size to be without losing the smooth curves on the letter 'S'? Probably the best feature to edit here, though, is the PHP Formatter. You tell it exactly how you like your PHP formatted. You code and code. When you are done you hit CTRL+SHIFT+F and the PHP is perfectly formatted. There is also an HTML, CSS and JavaScript formatter that works in the same way, although I never have managed to get the HTML formatter to work properly when PHP is embedded inside HTML tags. It doesn't really bug me though: I am way too obsessive to let my code lie around unformatted before I go to the next line!
SVN and CVS are extremely flexible and include all the recommended layouts and options. I connect to external-- network based--subversion repositories as well as a localhost repository on my laptop. Zend Studio's repository browser handles all of this without effort, and checking projects in and out of the SVN is easily done from the PHP explorer. Figure 1 shows my own subversion repository browser.

Figure 1

Something I find extremely handy though is the Data Source Explorer. This is basically a very simple version of SQL YOG or PhpMyAdmin. You can connect to just about any type of database--local or remote--and browse, edit, delete and update tables.

Figure 2

Figure 2 shows the Data source browser itself. From there you can open the table in the main editor pane, as shown in Figure 3, or you can explore the columns, dependencies, index's and triggers.

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Figure 3

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