Codelobster IDE Review: Lightweight & Powerful PHP IDE You Will See
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Codelobster IDE Review: Lightweight & Powerful PHP IDE You Will See


The most ambiguous situation for any developer is the selection of the development environment for his project. There are tools which offer full features for premium prices which are not affordable to an average developer. In this article, you will witness the simple and handy IDE with support to almost all trending web technologies. It interprets that it will foster the intellisense of web development technologies to make it easy for you to focus on the logic of the code instead of their semantics.

Any IDE (Integrated Development Environment) available on the internet with fancy UIs and no actual functional features should tackle with the IDE that I’m going to discuss in this article.



Codelobster IDE was developed to make web development in PHP easy and simpler all at one place. It supports and the syntaxes and semantics of several web development technologies like AngularJS, BackboneJS, Bootstrap, CakePHP, CodeIgnitor, Drupal, Ember, Joomla, jQuery, Laravel, Magneto, Meteor, NodeJS, Phalcon, Smarty Template Engine, Symfony, Twig, VueJS, WordPress and YiiFramework.

User Interface

Just like any other IDE, Codelobster PHP edition also got an aesthetic layout. It has an explorer window on the left with files in a tree structure, a workspace window where the developer can code in the center and a properties window on the right showing all the properties of the line of code selected. These three windows are dynamic and changes with usage. At the bottom it has a status bar that updates the number of lines of code updated in rows and columns format along with the language encoding.





Features of Codelobster IDE:

‘New’ options:

Creating new files in development environment may not be a great option but the support for all pages created in different technologies is an awesome addition to any IDE.



Codelobster is such IDE intellisense support with different libraries, packages and web technologies. A developer need not to get confused among different syntaxes but just to focus on the logic and functionality.

You can have a look at the technologies supported by the Codelobster IDE in the below screenshot.

Editing options:


Editing options gives a complete set of handy operations on the workspace from moving line to append, change case, indents and duplication of lines.

Search options:



Codelobster has all conventional search and replace option that an editor should have in case of batch replacements of code. This feature is not a new one though but good to have it in a IDE.

View options:


This is my favorite option of Codelobster. It not only gives the toggle switches to display or hide the panels, word-wrap, line numbers and active line but also the syntaxes. As we’ve already discussed that forgetting syntaxes is obvious for a developer with knowledge over different technologies.

Debug options:




The debug options have all the necessary choice of operation including the breakpoint adding and removing. You would generally find this in a heavy development environment. It’s kinda surprising to see it in a lite weight IDE.

Plugins support:



Codelobster IDE supports latest web development technologies and plugins necessary for the project. A developer need not to juggle between the environments for added

Tools availability:

Codelobster has set of built in tools that manages the SQL, validates the code, helps with snippets, formats code and my favorite option the converter.

It converts the HTML files to PHP and PHP files to HTML in one go. It also coverts special characters to entities and vice versa. Likewise, it also converts characters to 8-bit encoders and back. If it misses base64 conversions, I would have something to say against this feature.

Themes:

Codelobster has beautiful themes available both for daytime and nighttime working environments. What else could a light weight IDE could hold under its sleeve.

Why don’t you give it a try and tell me how it is working on this IDE comparatively with the other IDEs. If your computer freezes anytime, don’t blame it for Codelobster. Check out the following screenshot for more clarity.






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