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Interest in a SilverStripe focussed IDE?

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Community Member, 33 Posts

6 August 2008 at 11:42pm

I'm currently putting together a fairly complex database in SilverStripe for a fairly complex ecommerce site. I've been using the NetBeans IDE for a lot of projects and though I'd give it a try for this.

While it's useful in many respects, the code completion doesn't work as SilverStripe doesn't explicitly include files, and the excellent datamodel can't be recreated automatically from ER tools or even SQL text files.

Add to that I don't have any editor that syntax highlights .ss files and suddenly I'm thinking of making a useful dedicated tool for all this (well not the current project of course, but future endeavours).

Is there any particularly good IDE or set of tools people use for SilverStripe sites?

If I was to make something it'd almost certainly be based on the Netbeans platform and looking at my current workload it'd almost certainly take years to become anything useful.

But if there is any interest I'd be happy to hear ideas, and I'll post back here (in a few months!) and let you all know how its getting on.



Community Member, 37 Posts

7 August 2008 at 12:35am

I use Zend Studio and the syntax highlighting of .ss files and the code completion is fine!

Unfortunatly is not free I think.


Community Member, 791 Posts

7 August 2008 at 12:59am

Same here (Zend Studio), but I'm thinking of switching to a free alternative since I feel Zend is becoming too commercial and aggressive with their licensing-model.

Would like to hear about the (preferably free) tools people use...

Here is another thread about this subject :


Forum Moderator, 5523 Posts

7 August 2008 at 1:14pm

we have a list of tools available on the wiki - Eclipse used to be the main office workhorse - . Its opensource, wide community, lots of plugins and with Eclipse you manage to get PHP debuggers, SVN integration, SilverStripe syntax and code features and its quite a powerful tool for developing applications.

A couple round the office still use it (cough Sean) and love how powerful it is but I found it to be a bit bulky esp for doing front end stuff but thats me.


Community Member, 1 Post

8 August 2008 at 1:49am

I use Eclipse with the PDT (PHP) and Subclipse (SVN) plugins for most of my projects. It works well for me (once you manage to install them!). Autocompletion on most things. Includes are automatically found.

It's much less buggy than the old Zend Studio too (remember the pre-eclipse incarnation?).