PHP added to open-source NetBeans
Sun burnishes scripting credentials
Sun Microsystems has released its latest version of NetBeans, adding expanded support for dynamic languages.
NetBean's PHP users get tooling like syntax highlighting, code completion, code generators, debugging, database wizards and FTP support.
A complete listing and tour of highlights can be found on the Netbeans website.
Features aside, 6.5 includes fully localized versions of simplified Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.
The NetBean community is also releasing an early access version for Python applications. The IDE includes an editor, debugger, and choice of Python runtimes.
NetBeans 6.5 for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris can be harvested here.
Also on the open-source PHP programming front, meanwhile, Zend Technologies announced its backing Adobe Systems' Action Message Format (AMF). Zend did so while announcing Zend Framework 1.7.
Version 1.7 boasts significant speed enhancements, with claimed improvements to load times between 25 and 50 per cent.
The new general release adds a native DB2 adapter to access DB2/400 data on the IBM i platform, updates Dojo toolkit support, and a component for the JQuery AJAX library.
The complete list of new toys in Zend Framework 1.7 and the latest code is available over yonder. ®
You can do 90% of that bollocks in emacs if you know what you're doing.
I've been using NetBeans 6.5 since RC1 for a PHP project, and it's pretty good. The only thing that really annoys me about it is the lack of a find and replace function across multiple files, but other than that it's been great. The PHP/JS integration is surprisingly good - far better than PHPeclipse, and it handles jQuery well. I'd recommend it.
A decent, free PHP IDE that's no longer a seperate download to the rest of Netbeans! Thank you Sun! Bad luck Zend (who've moved their paid for IDE over to Eclipse and charge a lot of money for it).