The software installs smoothly and is ready to use in no time. The interface is divided into several sections: navigation windows, editor windows, and a menu bar with quick-access icons. The true value of PhpStorm, however, lies in its functionality. The application includes an intelligent code editor, supports on-the-fly code analysis, provides convenient project and code navigation, and offers many more handy features that just make one's work much easier.
It's worth noting that the application is very friendly to new users on the whole. The very first window you see provides access to extensive documentation, which offers detailed and well-organized descriptions and instructions. You can also enable hot tips to learn about secret tricks and find out obscure hot-key combinations.
The said hot keys make it very easy to move around within the application. For example Ctrl+Shift+Backspace will bring you to the latest change in your file, which is very handy when you're debugging. Pressing the same combination moves you further back into the history of changes (this history can also be accessed from the menu, and you can use it to roll back your file to some earlier state).
All-in-all, this is a very handy tool for PHP developers and web developers in general. Its smart features really speed up your workflow, leaving you with more time for generating ideas for new projects.
- Well-organized interface
- Smart features that speed up your workflow
- Fully functional trial version
- Viewing the help documentation requires Internet access