Develop both with PHP and .NET?
If you’re a seasoned developer and work in both .NET and also PHP – then you’ll be interested in VS.PHP from JCX Software. They have 2 main products:
- A Visual Studio Add-in for developing PHP
- A stand-alone VS 2005 PHP Editor (using the VS 2005 redistributable wrapping their Add-in
If you’re used to the VS 2005 interface – you’ll find it a real boon with a familiar environment to work in. It even understands and supports the development of Smarty templates.
I’ve found it to be very performant and much less of a resource-hog than the Zend IDE – which, after running for long periods of time, tends to lock up and become unstable.
It’s well priced (at 99 USD) – they’re not trying to gouge you like some development tools that charge high annual
tie-in ‘subscription’ fees for development tools.