Zend Studio Overview

What is Zend Studio?
Zend Studio – the PHP IDE for smarter development. It codes faster with up to 3X performance improvements in indexing, validation, searching of PHP code. It has superior PHP 7.1 support, PHP 7.1 express migration assistant, and seamless integration with Zend Server 9. It provides robust debugging capabilities with Xdebug, Zend Debugger, and Z-Ray integration. Zend Studio has an extensive plugin capabilities provided by the large Eclipse eco-system and supports for best-in-class dev tools including Docker and Git Flow Intelligent code editor. Deploy PHP applications on any server including cloud support for Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure and support for HiDPi displays - scale graphics (ala 4K resolution).
Zend Studio Customers
CDS Global, EnglishCentral, BNP Paribas, Carlo Gavazzi, Sunstate Equipment, Novadex GmbH, CONFTEC, Marilan, Mediaspike, Cisco WebEx, Corvette America, Value Drug Mart Associates Ltd., Allied Beverage Group
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President at Market Acumen, Inc.
Oct 25, 2018
It has higher quality code, faster debugging, and higher quality projects

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for Zend Studio is PHP web applications and services development, along with Mac OS X (latest version). Our environment consists of PHP 3 through PHP 7.

Pros and Cons

  • It has higher quality code, faster debugging, and higher quality projects.
  • It has the ability to jump to any file in your project with a few keystrokes, as well as the ability to command-click on any token in your code and have it jump to the token's definition.
  • Stability is sometimes lacking in updates.
  • The debugger often has problems determining where to map files to local projects.
  • Most recent set of patches (2018) on Mac OS X caused the app to crash when you would cut more than 10 lines of code. Apparently, this was due to a bug in Eclipse, but regardless, it took several months for Zend to post a patch.

Cost and Licensing Advice

  • The product requires a subscription to Zend Server Developer, which used to be free and now has an annual fee, but it is still worth the money.
  • Licensing is reasonable for this type of tool. Although, you can cobble together a solution which is zero cost.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend it for individuals. However, when you add up costs for a larger team, it gets more expensive.
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