Author Archives: Maarten Balliauw

Visualizing Composer Dependencies with File Watchers

The clue/graph-composer project on GitHub is pretty interesting. Once installed, it allows us to generate a visualization of our project’s composer.json and its dependencies. Wouldn’t it be nice if this graph were generated automatically whenever Composer dependencies changed? Well, PhpStorm … Continue reading

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Built-in Local Terminal in PhpStorm 7

We already have a built-in SSH terminal for PhpStorm 7 EAP. The latest drop adds a related feature: the Tools | Open Terminal… menu gives us access to an embedded Local Terminal!

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Command Line Tools Based on Symfony Console (Doctrine, Laravel) in PhpStorm

Ever since PhpStorm 2, we have had support for working with the Symfony console right from within the IDE. Newer versions have added support for other command line tools like Zend Framework, Composer, Symfony2 and Drush. With the latest PhpStorm … Continue reading

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Move Static Member refactoring for PHP in PhpStorm

With the new Move Static Member refactoring in the PhpStorm 7 EAP, we can move static fields and methods to another type. For example when classes contain static methods that are nothing but utility methods, we can move them into … Continue reading

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Built-in Webserver in PhpStorm

Ever since PhpStorm 6, we’ve had a built-in webserver which could serve up static content like HTML, JavaScript and CSS. With the latest version of the PhpStorm 7 EAP we have now added support for serving PHP from this webserver … Continue reading

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Installing and Configuring XAMPP / MAMP with PhpStorm

Developing for PHP can be done in several ways. Some like to install all components they want to work with themselves. Others prefer downloading and installing a full “LAMP” stack at once. The latter can be done using XAMPP (Windows, … Continue reading

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Debugger Configuration Validation with PhpStorm

While it’s very straightforward to set up PhpStorm’s debugger, nothing is more frustrating than not getting it to work because of a tiny configuration mistake in php.ini. Speaking for myself, I’ve missed xdebug.remote_enable on a number of occasions, which usually … Continue reading

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Vagrant Support in PhpStorm

The latest version of the PhpStorm 7 EAP comes with Vagrant integration! Vagrant is a tool which helps us create reproducible development environments. By scripting a virtual machine, Vagrant allows us to share a development machine by sharing a simple … Continue reading

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Connecting to Google Cloud SQL from PhpStorm

When creating Google App Engine applications in PHP using PhpStorm, chances are that we are also using Google Cloud SQL. From our PHP code, we can easily do this by creating a new connection to our Google Cloud SQL instance … Continue reading

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Zend Framework 2 Command Line Tool (ZFTool) Support

It has been possible to make use of command line tools for a while.  Using the Tools | Run Command… menu we can invoke commands right from our IDE! Some tools like Composer,  Symfony, Zend Framework 1 and Drush (with the … Continue reading

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