The Eclipse Foundation, a consortium of developers supporting the open-source Eclipse development platform, announces a major upgrade to the Eclipse PHP Development Tools project, PDT 2.0.
The Eclipse Foundation, a consortium of developers supporting the
open-source Eclipse development platform, has announced a major upgrade to the
Eclipse PHP Development Tools project, PDT 2.0.
As a leading contributor to the PDT effort, PHP specialist Zend Technologies
is pushing PHP as a key element of the Eclipse platform and as a language used
for more mainstream development.
"Release 2.0 demonstrates our continued commitment to the Eclipse
community," said Andi Gutmans, co-founder and senior vice president of R&D
and alliances at Zend Technologies. "PDT is not only the premier
open-source PHP development tool, but is also the basis for Zend's commercial IDE
[integrated development environment] for PHP, Zend Studio for Eclipse.
Additionally, in order to further align with Eclipse, PDT will become part of
the Eclipse Galileo simultaneous release."
Eclipse Foundation officials said 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. PDT provides all the basic code
editing capabilities developers need to get started developing PHP
Gutmans said he believes the enhancements in PDT 2.0 make PDT a compelling
choice for developers looking to build simple PHP applications. Eclipse
officials said PDT 2.0 also is ideal for Java programmers who want to write PHP
code by providing them with an environment similar to the Eclipse JDT (Java
Development Tools) they are already familiar with.
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"PDT is one of our most popular downloads at Eclipse," said Mike
Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "Since the
initial release it has been downloaded over 1 million times. Clearly PDT
adoption has been very successful in the Eclipse and PHP communities."
New features in PDT 2.0 to support the object-oriented capabilities of PHP include
a 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; and 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 (Dynamic Languages
Toolkit), which improves the overall performance of common PDT operations; a
new Mark Occurrences indicator that makes it easier for developers to see where
an element is referenced; and a more sophisticated Code Assist feature that is
smarter about providing code completion options based on PHP variable types,
according to the Eclipse Foundation.