PhpStorm 9 Introduces Partial PHP 7 Support, Inline Debugging, and Remote File Editing

New in PhpStorm 9: Introduce parameter refactoring
New in PhpStorm 9: Introduce parameter refactoring

PhpStorm 9 was released this week with a slew of improvements and new features for PHP and web developers. The popular IDE is used by more than 300,000 developers and its development team usually puts out one major release per year. Version 8 was released last September with official support for WordPress.

Highlights of version 9 include:

The new inline debugging feature is already a hit with WordPress developers. It lets you view variable values in the source code, next to their usages, without having to switch over to the Variables pane or Debug tool window.

Auto-recognition of common WordPress global variables (global variable => classname) is also included in the latest release.

Check out the version 9 tour video to see some of the new features in action:

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  1. PhpStorm is the best PHP IDE. Pleasure reading WordPress source code in it.

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  2. If you’re a WordPress developer, and you’re not using PhpStorm, then you’re wasting a ton of development time. PhpStorm also makes JavaScript and CSS development fasterm not just PHP. It’s the best tool on the market hands down. I used to love Sublime Text, until I tried PhpStorm.

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    1. Ditto that! I used Coda for years, and I still think Coda is a great tool. I never saw a reason to switch until I tried PHP Storm out of curiosity. Little things like being able to jump to the definition of a function or a variable end up being huge for me.

      If any one is interested, Jeffery Way has a great set of free videos on Laracasts that cover configuring PHP Storm to be more minimal in appearance, like Sublime.

      https://laracasts.com/series/how-to-be-awesome-in-phpstorm

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    2. I use PhpStorm as my debugger (Only on Windows, shoutout to Codebug on Mac). Why just my debugger? It is unnecessarily bloated. Sublime Text is still one of the top dogs when it comes to text editing since it’s so like and performs well. If you want an IDE environment, then by all means use just PhpStorm. There are reasons not to use it, however.

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  3. After 8 release of PHP storm that was a big step, here is the 9 version! I did not yet discover all the new functionalities since I installed it yesterday but those I have tested are just great. Definitively the best IDE!

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