JetBrains Releases PhpStorm 3.0

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-11-30 Print this article Print

JetBrains delivers a new version of its integrated development environment for PHP developers.

JetBrains, a maker of productivity-enhancing tools for software developers, has announced the release of a new version of its integrated development environment (IDE) for PHP, PhpStorm 3.0.

Calling the tool a code-centric PHP IDE, JetBrains delivers new functionality to help developers keep their code clean and well-structured. PhpStorm 3.0 features support for the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a duplicated code detector and a new profiler, among other things.

JetBrains officials said PhpStorm 3.0 is a major release that introduces the Smart Duplicated Code Detector to help developers quickly find similar blocks through their entire code base and securely get rid of them without losing the intended functionality.

Meanwhile, the new integrated UML tool enables developers to gain a bird's-eye view of their project structure, or even a semantic view of the changes in the recent version control system commits made by their colleagues.

In addition, to ensure that developers' code works fast and does not cause any performance bottlenecks, the IDE now includes a profiler, a new PHPUnit test runner and JSTestDriver.

"Here at JetBrains we really care about productivity, and the cornerstone of productivity is the quality of your code," said Alexey Gopachenko, PhpStorm project lead, in a statement. "Every developer constantly faces the challenge of keeping their code clear, fast and error-free. PhpStorm 3.0 takes over this challenge to help you concentrate on your big ideas, instead of getting bogged down in the routine details."

The new release also includes support for popular and evolving technologies such as CoffeeScript and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) 2.0. In addition, PhpStorm 3.0 includes PHP UML roundtrip diagrams, a profiling results browser for Xdebug and Zend Debugger engines, PhpUnit 3.6 integration, improvements to FTP/SFTP Sync, Team Foundation Server (TFS) support and revision graph for Git, and a streamlined UI across all operating systems.

Interested developers can download JetBrains PhpStorm 3.0 for a free 30-day evaluation here.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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