Visual studio supporting PHP

I've recently been out there looking for edittors, and although there are some amazing opensource edittors they tend to pale against paid for options. So I have been reviewing recently for a good overalloption and came across a software which is based on visual studio but works with PHP as well JCX's VS.PHP I have been using it at work for a while now, and have found it amazing to use, and the best thing is you don't need Visual Studio to use it, there are multiple ways of using it but I would go with buying the version which is made to plugin to visual studio 2008 and then installing the Visual Studio 2008 Shell (its free) from Microsoft in order to get CSS support with the program as the standalone version does not support CSS syntax highlighting, however, if your hunting for an editor for .NET development and PHP development then this program is definately for you, a great idea for only $99. Check for an accurate cost in your currency.

There is a lot of amazing parts to this software so going to list them here:

  • CSS Syntax support (as long as your don't purchase the standalone version)
  • PHP syntax support
  • .NET syntax support (as long as you have an existing copy of Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 - if your a student you can get that program for free)
  • HTML syntax support
  • Smarty syntax and .tpl file support
  • Zend framework compatible
  • Autocomplete on all languages
  • Syntax prompting on all languages
  • Useful project creation and backwards compatible with PHP 4
  • Constant updates, and upgrades for 1 year after purchase

The only bad part of this software:

  • No telephone or real support, only a forum and email (although he is quick to respond same business day).
  • The owner mentioned he would consider it if a number of licences were being purchased.

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