Tag Archives: aptana

Eclipse, Aptana, EasyEclipse or Zend PDT

Eclipse, Aptana, EasyEclipse or Zend PDT ! Which one do you use for PHP web development ?

Eclipse is an IDE for editing PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, HTML, CSS files and more !

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Eclipse Classic 3.4.1 IDE & SDK

The latest version of the Eclipse IDE & SDK for Apple Mac OS/X and GNU/Linux developers is Eclipse Classic 3.4.1  and contains the Eclipse Platform, Java Development Tools, and Plug-in Development Environment, including source and both user and programmer documentation.

Eclipse Classic 3.2, 3.3 and even older versions can be found at:

and the Aptana Eclipse Studio & PHP Plugins which can be installed on 3.2, 3.3 or 3.4 can be found at:

and can be installed via Eclipse Software Update:

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Aptana launch new Eclipse IDE for PHP

Aptana Studio 1.2.1 Aptana PHP 1.0.0 is the robust, free, open source IDE for PHP featuring everything you need to get started fast and get even faster with developing, testing, tuning, and deploying your PHP apps. From pre-installed PHP servers, code assist, code templates, code generation, debugging, refactoring, database tools and more.


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Eclipse IDE is practically an OS !

single original (kernel) definition !

  • eclipse.org


  • at 150M download its bigger than some distros !

multiple distribution variants

  • aptana
  • easyeclipse

even has a builder distribution

  • yoxos


  • have dependancies
  • 30 updates reqd immediately after base install !
  • system updater that can run in background
  • it has mirrored repositories of updates 
  • can crash during updates !
  • its recommended to restart after updating
  • some addons/features/plugins create incompatibilities !
  • can be uninstalled

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  • it calls itself the system !
  • it runs scripts
  • it invokes browsers
  • it has multiple perspectives/views

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Is JavaScript taking over from PHP ?

Aptana Jaxer & Mozilla now let you do loads of things "natively" that you used to have to do in PHP !

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Eclipse IDE, variants and add-ons

As well as the (IBM) Eclipse IDE I especially like Aptana Studio and Easy Eclipse variants.

Aptana because of its video tutorials available at aptana.tv and Easy Eclipse because of its extensive range of pre-packaged add-ons, plug-ins & extensions :



SCM & Version Control

Markup & XML

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