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by: Piers Karsenbarg
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November 4, 2003

Code Completion

I know that a lot of people say that you're never a true coder if you use anything that has code completion, but it is stil incredibly useful for someone that spends all their time developing, and Zend acomplishes this task very well. When you start typing a word in, if the word is (for example) a built in function, then it gives that name, the number of
parameters needed and also the variable type of those parameters. The same sort of thing happens with PHP's predefined variables. However, it doesn't just stop at the predefined functions and variables. No, if you have any functions in either the same script or and included file, then Studio will recognise these and process them the same way it does built in ones. It will also pick out user-defined variables and use a pop-up box if
it recognises a variable and then you can either click on the box or just hit enter. ZDE also completes HTML, as do most IDEs, but not only that, it will also recognise if (for some reason) you use the ASP "<% %>" tags.

Classes

One of the features of PHP that not everyone knows about, and probably even less use, is its Object Orientation features. And with the forthcoming v5 of PHP (which, by the way, this version of Zend Studio supports) these functions will become ever more popular. ZDE makes it very easier to see what's going on in your (or other people's) classes, with
its in-built Project and File Inspectors. The Project Inspector allows the user to view the classes and members that have been declared in every file in your project.
Each class and member is displayed using collapsible trees, which makes it very easy to navigate the said classes. To make it even easier to read, icons are displayed next to each item to indicate whether the item is a class, member variable or member function. The File Inspector is very similar, except that it only searches through the active file. So, when you change the file using the tabs underneath the main coding screen, the file inspector will become updated accordingly. This inspector uses the same tree formation to display the classes, but also displayes included files.
The code completion also applies to classes and methods within classes.

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