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I am a fairly adept .NET and PHP programmer. These days my pattern of choice for complex web apps is an SOA approach where I use PHP as the front end, and WCF web services as the middle tier. My ajax calls are usually to JSON webHttpBinding WCF endpoints. On the .NET side of things I am absolutely in love with the Visual Studio plugin ReSharper.

So my question is as follows, I want to rethink my tool chain on the PHP side of things. On one side JetBrains, the makers of Resharper, have a PHP IDE called PHPStorm. On the other side, I can use VS.PHP and ReSharper. Does anyone use the later combination fo VS.PHP and Resharper? Can you recommend it?

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Since you're also working with WCF Web Services, I'd recommend you stick with Visual Studio.

I've done quite a bit with that platform and it works well. PHP Storm is probably very nice, but it's going to cost extra and be a new environment that you'll have to get used to. If it's not broke, don't fix it :)

  • Well I'm not going to move away from Visual Studio. The question is two actually use IDEs or one. – Justin Dearing Oct 21 '10 at 15:58
  • @Justin I'd say one, then. Although, I've started using Sublime Text for a lot of editing that doesn't require VS. – Fosco Oct 21 '10 at 16:08

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