Netbeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is an open source integrated development for software developers. You can run the Netbeans IDE on various platforms which include Linux, Windows, Solaris, and MacOs. It is aimed at providing a comfortable environment for the developer during each stage of development. This is accomplished by integrating precise features required for PHP development into the Netbeans IDE.
As most PHP projects characteristically connect to MySQL databases, Netbeans has made a concentrated effort to offer to this configuration. By means of the Netbeans IDE 6.5 Beta, web developers can now benefit from the standard features like the syntax highlighting, refactoring, code templates, pop-up documentation, easy code navigation, debugger and lots more.
I have been currently using Netbeans IDE and I have penned down few features and positives that I came across in writing PHP based web application.
- It comes free.
- Indentation format is out of the top draw in Netbeans. You select a block of code which contains CSS, HTML or PHP code, Netbeans will make sure it formats the code evidently and placed indentation adequately.
- Common functions of PHP are shown automatically or you can use ctrl + space.
- While writing HTML, Netbeans ensures it checks the div id properly and it indicates if there is any hitch so that you can easily fix the bug.
I can stiff my neck out and say it’s the most popular IDE and also the most popular. So I would give an overall score of 8 out of 10 for Netbeans IDE.