Brackets is a modern code editor developed by Adobe. When it comes to these lightweight editors, PHP support is a must. This post will introduce some settings to make coding a PHP project with Brackets a better experience.
When you start a project which contains
php files, you will see this error, “To launch live preview with a server-side file, you need to specify a Base URL for this project”. This means you need a web server to run this project.
Most developers use one of these 2 suites. Both are fine.
Open/Start a Project
On the menu, choose
Files > Open Folder... or press
Ctrl + Alt + O. You then browse to the root folder of your project.
In Live Preview, when Brackets asks for the URL, type the location of your project like
Associate an extension with PHP
Files .inc are used a lot so they should be treated like .php files. To do this, open a .inc file and click the drop-down in the lower-right, which shows “Text” by default. choose, then open the drop-down again and choose “Set as Default for .inc Files.”
Best Brackets Extensions for PHP
- PHP Syntax Hint: help you a lot in writing PHP syntax and MYSQL queries as this will auto-suggest Syntax.
- PHP SmartHints: it provides code hints for PHP files including PHP keywords, built-in functions, constants, and variables. It also provides hints for variables created in the current open PHP document.
- PHP Code Quality Tools: analyze and link PHP using several code analysis tools.
- PHP Debugger: enables full PHP debugging using xdebug.