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 menu, choose
Files > Open Folder... or press
Ctrl + Alt + O. You then browse to 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
.inc are used a lot so they should be treated like
.php files. To do this, open an
.inc file and click the drop-down in the lower-right, which shows “Text” by default. choose
PHP, 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, 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 hinting for variables created in the current open PHP document.
- PHP Code Quality Tools: analyze and lint PHP using several code analysis tools.
- PHP Debugger: eables full PHP debugging using xdebug.