Vim for PHP: The Complete Guide for a Powerful PHP IDE

Last update: 2018-09-18 Vim, an IDE? I can see you spitting your cereals in front of you computer. “What? A PHP IDE with Vim? Are you insane?” Am I? It’s definitely possible to make a very powerful IDE with Vim, thanks to my ex-colleague kushellig who initiated me to this dark knowledge. The list of plugins I propose here will cover most of your needs: project management, autocompletion, PHPDoc generation, powerful search and replace tools, debugger… all these features will be at your fingertips, for free! »

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How did I Replace PhpStorm by Vim in my Heart

I wrote an article some time ago in order to give you the most useful tips and tricks for my favorite php IDE, PhpStorm. Well, sorry PhpStorm, you were my favorite IDE. Things changed. I love another one now. Its name is Vim. Are you confused? Are you yelling “why”? What happened between PhpStorm and me? Why a PHP developer would use this… old smelly thing called Vim? I was happy with PhpStorm. »

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PHP 7 Type Hinting: Inconsistencies and Pitfalls

When PHP 7 came up with strong types, I saw the light. I had the hope not to see anymore bugs and inconsistencies due to weak typing in PHP. I remember reading some code and having no idea what could be the type of the variables I had in front of me. Can I use the return of this method as an int? A boolean? Will it create silent bugs and unexpected behaviors? »

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DateTime PHP: How to Format and Compare Dates

When I search and read code about time and date problems, I noticed that a lot of people still use the old PHP functions like date(), time() or strtotime(). What about using DateTime instead? It is time to introduce this powerful PHP object. DateTime can do all the usual date and time operations you could ask for and even more. Using DateTime can save a lot of time when you have to do more complex operations on dates. »

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10 PhpStorm Shorcuts and Tricks you Should Know

PhpStorm is my favorite IDE for coding in PHP: pretty stable, you can do a lot with it. A shed load of stuff in fact. Even coding! The guys from Jetbrains tried to integrate every useful tools for a web developer in one software and, I have to say, it is pretty well done! You can configure easily a debugger, using a terminal, sending requests to your remote or local databases. »

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