pages, several combine a few different yet compatible languages. Some include
support and a few manage to make it work seamlessly. RapidPHP
2007 belongs in the latter category.
well. We’ll look at the overall package in a moment but since it’s promoted
as a PHP editor, let’s focus on that aspect of the program.
One of the unique tools included in the program is the drop-down PHP function
hints box (right). When typing PHP code into a document, after typing a function
name and the open parenthesis (i.e.,
echo( ), a drop-down box appears
that lists the parameters and description associated with the function, making
it unnecessary to reference the manual. Placing the cursor within the braces
of a function call and pressing
also triggers the action, as shown here.
this feature, as well as the syntax checker, you must have PHP
installed on your computer. This is a relatively straightforward installation,
especially if you use MS Windows. You will also need to have some type of server
software on your local computer or have access to a remote Web server, which
can be accessed by the FTP client included in the program.
of several integrated tools which help in the actual coding process. A toolbar
be added to the toolbar. A Code Explorer, situated in a side panel, lists all
the functions, classes, variables, and includes which are contained within the
document. By clicking on the desired code, the editor will move the cursor to
and highlight the selected code. An Object Browser, used when programming in
and events. These can be inserted into a document by double-clicking on the
specific object or dragging and dropping it onto the document.
Browser. This lists all the tags for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, 1.1, and WML
1.1. A Code Explorer is also included for HTML. It lists all the images, links,
style sheets, and scripts in the document. Right-clicking on the style sheet
listing gives the option to open the sheet in the editor (which is also a very
capable CSS editor), but this only works if the link to the document is an absolute
link or refers to a style sheet in the same directory.
for the current sheet. Clicking on a rule will place the curser on that same
code within the style sheet editor.
bookmarks, unlimited undo/redo levels and many other features.
so that any changes to the code can be seen as soon as they take place.
downloaded without leaving the editor. Live editing can also be accomplished
on your site, which will save time downloading, editing, and uploading. You
only need to open the file, just as if it were on your local drive. It takes
only a few seconds to connect to the Web server. When you select “Publish to
FTP …” it will also list all the files associated with the current one, allowing
you to upload them, if necessary.
pasted to the clipboard (from any program) and makes it available to the user.
A spellchecker is also included.
Software, based in Riga, Latvia. According to the company’s Web site, their
products are used by such companies as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, and
Lucent Technologies, as well as several major universities.
is $29.85 and is a 4.8 MB download. (The price is listed on the Web site as
a “personal license” and is a “special offer.”) It supports Windows Vista/XP/2000/Me/98.
or use a wide variety of scripting languages (such as (X)HTML and CSS), RapidPHP
2007 will fulfill most, if not all, of your needs. The program has a whole
list of features, far too many to mention them all here.