Author Archives: Maarten Balliauw

Running External Tools in PhpStorm

While PhpStorm comes with a lot of integrated utilities and tools, it is virtually impossible to include every tool out there in the IDE. A lesser-known feature in PhpStorm is support for running External Tools. With this feature we can … Continue reading

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PhpStorm 7 Web Toolkit Series – Stylus and Compass Support

In web development, there are quite some options available to make writing CSS more concise and developer-friendly. There is Less, Sass, SCSS and more recently Stylus, all languages that sprinkle CSS with variables, mixins, operations and functions. And then there’s … Continue reading

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PhpStorm 7 Web Toolkit Series – npm, Karma, istanbul

Upcoming PhpStorm 7 release brings some new JavaScript features. We now have a built-in Node.js Package Manager that we can use to search for packages from npm. There’s also brand new support for the Karma JavaScript unit testing framework (and … Continue reading

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PHPUnit on Server changes in PhpStorm 7

Unit testing follows the mantra that “the same input always should generate the same output.” But what if some developers on a team have different PHP configurations, or maybe one uses Windows and the other one Mac OS X? Does … Continue reading

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PhpStorm 7 Web Toolkit – JavaScript Templates & Web Components Support

As you may know, PhpStorm has all the WebStorm features available either out of the box or with free plugins in the repository. Thanks to this, PhpStorm 7 comes with support for .mustache and .hbs files and provides syntax highlighting, … Continue reading

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Database Tools and SQL Editor Changes in PhpStorm 7

Always switching between the IDE and a separate database client? There’s no need to juggle apps! Using the built-in Database Tools with PhpStorm, we can setup a database connection and start creating and editing tables, views, work with data, generate … Continue reading

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Full Screen for all platforms and Presentation Mode with PhpStorm 7

We’re continuously working on making the IDE distract developers less when they need focus. Next to better readability with improved syntax coloring, PhpStorm 7 comes with a Full Screen mode on all platforms which removes window borders and the top … Continue reading

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Updated Built-in REST Client in PhpStorm 7

Building a REST API? Need to test a call to a web application? Look no further! Earlier this year we bundled a REST client plugin with which we can test HTTP-based APIs right from within our IDE. Since then we’ve … Continue reading

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Creating a GitHub Pull Request from within PhpStorm

So you’ve worked on some code forked from GitHub and want to send it back to the original repository… Chances are you’ll be doing this using a Pull Request. These let us tell others about changes we’ve pushed to a … Continue reading

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Deploying Committed Changes to a Remote Server

Recently, we received the following question through Twitter: “What is the easiest way to deploy the changes of your last commit(s) to a remote project?” Let’s explore our options!

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