A few days ago I got an email from the folks over at CodeLobster asking if I would be interested in doing a review of their free Integrated Development Environment (IDE). I agreed that I would, so I downloaded their setup program and installed it.
I found that, even though it is free, it is a nice tool with many features that I like: auto-complete, ftp/sftp, syntax highlighting/coloring. I did have a little trouble figuring out how to set up the FTP/SFTP, but soon figured it out. I found that the email support is fantastic and helpful.
One feature that I found that really sets them apart from all the other IDEs is the project setup. If you want to do a WordPress blog, or a Joomla site, or perhaps a Drupal installation, you simply fire up CodeLobster, choose your project type and the IDE does (almost) everything else! I created a WordPress installation here on my local PC and all I had to do is create the database. CodeLobster did the rest, it downloaded it, connected it to the database (using the parameters supplied in the setup dialog).
It does the Symfony, CodeIgniter, but not Zend (yet) frameworks. But overall, I rate this at 5 stars!
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