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Eclipse.Org Announces Latest PHP Development Tools

Major upgrade to the Eclipse PHP Development Tools project

The Eclipse Foundation announced a major upgrade to the Eclipse PHP Development Tools project. PDT is an open source development tool that provides all the basic code editing capabilities developers need to get started developing PHP applications. The focus of the PDT 2.0 release is to add support for the object-oriented programming features of PHP and to improve the overall user experience of the PDT environment.

To support the object-oriented features of PHP, PDT 2.0 now includes:

  • Type Hierarchy view that navigates object-oriented PHP code faster and more easily.
  • Type and method navigation that allows for easy searching of PHP code based on type information.
  • Override indicators that visually tag PHP methods that have been overridden.

Usability improvements to PDT 2.0 include:

  • A new indexing and caching engine, based on the Eclipse DLTK
  • A new Mark Occurrences indicator that makes it easier for developers to see where an element is referenced.
  • A more sophisticated Code Assist feature that is smarter about providing code completion options based on PHP variable types.

The enhancements provided by release 2.0 make PDT a choice for anyone looking to build simple PHP applications. PDT 2.0 is also ideal for Java programmers who want to write PHP code by providing them with an environment similar to the Eclipse Java Development Tools with which they are already familiar.

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