Introduction to Netbeans IDE
As briefly mentioned in the above table, the PHP editor in the Netbeans IDE contains significant capabilities that help PHP coders be more productive. The IDE is available for free at https://netbeans.org/downloads/index.html.
- Syntax highlighting and auto-complete tools help you get more done.
- It comes with built-in support for database systems such as MySQL. You don't need to code and develop your database with two different programs.
- In a collaborative setting, the IDE can be used. This is useful when you have to collaborate with other devs.
- Other languages supported by the IDE include Java SE, Java EE, C, and C++.
The Netbeans IDE: An Overview
After you've completed the installation of the Netbeans IDE PHP editor, start it like any other Windows program.
- Project explorer displays in the window below, and this panel is used to showcase all of the open projects. The projects are organized into a tree structure.
- This toolbar offers shortcuts to frequently used operations such as establishing a new project, opening a current project, undoing and redoing actions, and so on.
- My Netbeans, Learn & Discover, and What's New are the three tabs on the startup page. The first tab introduces you to the Netbeans IDE's functionality and presents several examples and tutorials that may be created with it. The second page, [My Netbeans], displays a list of recently launched projects and allows you to install plugins and activate IDE capabilities.
- The output window is where the output from programs like Java console applications is shown. It's also used to show debug and log information. The IDE is seen with a project open in the screenshot below.