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WebStorm 5 IDE review

One of the great things about developing for the Web is the low barrier to entry. Many tutorials are available online, and you can learn about CSS and HTML from any website just by inspecting its code in any modern Web browser. Best of all, when it's time to start coding, any plain text editor--even Notepad--can do the job. So why should you spend $49 on WebStorm, a development environment for JavaScript, HTML, and CSS? The answer is that it might turn you into a better developer.
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NetBeans review

It's natural to assume that NetBeans is an IDE focused on Java since it was built by Sun. But the NetBeans creators are also distributing a version focused on PHP.
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PhpED review

NuSphere's PhpED is one of the older IDEs around, but it's one of the few that's avoided going astray and diluting itself by supporting every possible language. It's a PHP tool, and this is obvious from the moment you install it.
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Komodo IDE review

ActiveState's Komodo IDE is another editing powerhouse aimed at helping people build and debug not just PHP but Node.js, Python, Perl, TCL and Ruby.
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Zend Studio review

Zend Studio is one of the two major commercial packages built around plugins for the Eclipse platform.
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phpDesigner review

To the file system, a PHP project is just a bunch of text. To the programmer, it's a complex stack of abstractions and logistical constructions.
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PhpStorm review

PhpStorm is the product of a company that also makes Java IDEs, in this case JetBrains, which may be better known for the highly regarded IntelliJ. JetBrains' PHP tool, however, doesn't come integrated with its Java tool, unlike many of the other IDEs described here.
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Wikispaces review

Whatever your forte may be, you can use Wikispaces (free for personal use; paid plans start at $5 [£3] per month) to share your knowledge in the world and even create a community of enthusiasts.
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Microsoft Visual Studio 11 preview

Microsoft will deliver betas of both its integrated development environment (IDE), codenamed Visual Studio 11, and .NET Framework 4.5 on Wednesday, February 29.
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Komodo Edit review

A programmer's editor has to strike a fine balance between being powerful enough for daily use and staying out of the way so you can just look at your code and think.
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