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PHPEclipse: A User Guide

Shu-Wai Chow

Take advantage of the leading open source integrated development environment to develop, organize, and debug your PHP web development projects.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811442
Paperback228 pages

About This Book

  • Compact guide to using Eclipse and PHPEclipse for web development
  • Slash development time by improving the efficiency of your PHP coding and organizing your projects in the PHPEclipse environment
  • Learn to use Eclipse for debugging PHP applications, interfacing with databases, and managing source code
  • No previous knowledge of Eclipse required


Who This Book Is For

This book is written for PHP developers who want an open source development environment for creating web applications. You do not need any knowledge of Java or prior experience of Eclipse to use this book.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Preface
What This Book Covers
What You Need for This Book
Reader Feedback
Customer Support
Chapter 2: Overview of Eclipse and PHPEclipse
Integrated Development Environments
IDEs in Development Projects
The Eclipse Architecture
Why Use Eclipse?
Chapter 3: Installation
Installing Apache/PHP
Installing Java
Installing PHPEclipse
Putting It All Together
Chapter 4: The Eclipse Interface
Starting Eclipse
The Eclipse Welcome Screen
Quantum DB Perspective
PHPEclipse Views
Personalizing Your Perspectives
Chapter 5: Writing PHP Code with Eclipse
Creating a Project
The Editor
Creating a Web Application
HTML Cleanup Using HTML Tidy
Code Documentation Using phpDocumentor
Chapter 6: Testing and Debugging
About the Debugger
Installing the Debugger
Configuring Eclipse as the Debugger Client
Troubleshooting Tips
How to Use the Debugger
Navigating Through a Debugging Session
Debugging Strategies
Chapter 7: Using the Quantum DB Plug-In
Relational Databases
The Quantum DB Plug-In
Chapter 8: Version Control
Version Control Overview
Installing and Setting Up CVS
The CVS Repository Perspective
Chapter 9: Deploying Your Site
Setting Up a Test FTP Server
.FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV Export
Using Ant for Deployment
Chapter 10: Plug-ins and Plug-in Sites
Community Sites
Notable Language Plug-ins
Chapter 11: The Eclipse Update Manager
Installing New Plug-Ins
Updating Current Software

What You Will Learn

  • Finding your way around the Eclipse environment
  • Working with the PHP editing features of PHPEclipse to correct your PHP syntax
  • Configuring and using the debugger to help troubleshoot PHP code
  • Using PHPDocumentor to quickly create documentation for your code
  • Interfacing to SQL databases using the QuantumDB plug-in
  • Managing your source code repository from within Eclipse
  • Deploying your application to production servers via FTP, SFTP, WebDav
  • Using Ant to deploy your PHP applications


In Detail

The fusion of Eclipse, the leading open source development environment, and PHP is an exciting prospect for web developers. This book makes sure that you are up and running as quickly as possible, ready to take full advantage of PHPEclipse's tuned PHP development tools, without requiring any prior knowledge of Eclipse.

You will begin with installing and configuring PHPEclipse, before moving onto a tour of the Eclipse environment, familiarizing you with its main components. As a plug-in to Eclipse, PHPEclipse is able to harness the platform to provide a rich and powerful development experience.

For helping you improve the efficiency of your PHP coding, the book details the powerful editing features of PHPEclipse, and shows you how to use it to better organize your application code.

You will see how PHPEclipse helps you throughout the development lifecycle, and learn how to use PHPEclipse's debugger to troubleshoot and step through your PHP code as it executes. The book rounds off with coverage of accessing databases and managing source code from within the  . For the final step for your application, you will learn how to deploy your site to a production server.


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