For valuable and fast work on creation of applications and sites you need a good comfortable editor necessarily. There are many requiring paid products for this purpose, but there is a great free of charge option for Windows users that is very functional and at the same time a very simple to use editor and IDE.
For my windows readers I would like you to check out the Codelobster PHP Edition.
Some things that impacted me about Codelobster are the autocompletion for SQL with the SQL Manager and the simplification of the CSS HTML tools since the windows looked like they don’t overwhelm you with options but rather help you get focused on what you are doing.
The fact that is optimized for Windows means that it runs fast on Windows, so that means no problems.
Another thing that every newbie would appreciate is the helper contexts that are available at your fingertips. This is indeed a feature that helps in the beginning of learning the tool and the language and is always good to have around just in case.
Let us consider some important possibilities and advantages of this program:
Codelobster has a built-in HTML/CSS inspector similar to Firebug, which allows for easy correlation of the selected elements of page with code and has proper style.
Codelobster comes with Context Help on all supported languages. By pressing F1 key the page with detailed description for current tag, attribute or function will be opened.
Codelobster’s PHP debugger allows you to execute PHP scripts incrementally, watching the values of all variables in every line.
Codelobster’s SQL manager allows you to produce all necessary actions with a database – to add, delete, edit a structure and records in tables, to export data, execute SQL queries. Highlighting and autocompletion works for SQL files too.
Codelobster’s FTP support allows you to work straight with a remote server and to do all necessary changes within files. The portable option allows to use editor without the preliminary installation.
Among other useful utilities Codelobster supports: pair highlighting, possibility of blocks selection, collapsing, tooltips, navigation on descriptions of functions and included files at withholding of the CTRL key, viewing of structure of files and project, preview in a browser, book-marks, and all other standard possibilities for work with your code.
Also there are special plugins supporting the following projects:
CMS: Drupal, Joomla
PHP frameworks: CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii
WordPress blogging engine
Smarty template engine