Aptana on Dec. 11 released Aptana PHP 1.0, its open-source integrated development environment for PHP application development.
With the new product, Aptana extends the functionality the company offers to developers in its Aptana Studio tools suite, which is an Eclipse-based IDE for AJAX and Web development.
In addition, developers can use the internal PHP server that is included in the Aptana PHP installation or another PHP server of their choice to preview their PHP pages in any of the multiple Web browsers built right into Aptana Studio. The product also has PHP code generation features and PHP debugging and refactoring tools.
"Certainly, when creating solutions for the Web today, a PHP developer not only needs great tools for their server language of choice, but also great tools for the set of languages used in the browser: AJAX." said Paul Colton, CEO and founder of Aptana. "However, we did not stop there. Aptana Cloud, an easy to use but powerfully scalable application hosting and life-cycle management service built on cloud computing infrastructure, lets users instantly deploy their PHP apps to production servers as well as manage projects through development and release cycles via hosted source control, preproduction staging environments, application monitoring services and more. And do it all from within Aptana Studio. Such end-to-end integration with cloud computing services is unprecedented."
Indeed, that may be why some developers are choosing to switch from other PHP development environments to the new Aptana PHP platform.
Benjamin Shine, a freelance Web developer, said he had been using JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA as "my editor of choice ... But Aptana Studio has delivered a game-changer: the IDE provides integrated deployment to cloud servers."
And John Beynon, a Web developer with a British rich Internet development and consulting firm called Monochrome, said, "If you're looking to host a PHP application with minimum fuss and the option of scaling up [or] down, then Aptana Cloud is a great choice and certainly by far the easiest way I've ever seen to getting an app up and running in the cloud."
Aptana PHP is free to use under its open-source license and may be downloaded from www.aptana.com. Aptana Studio Pro, priced at $99, adds priority support and additional features including SFTP, FTPS, a JSON editor and remote project import wizards. Aptana Cloud pricing starts at under $1 per day.