Better readability with PhpStorm’s improved syntax coloring

When we introduced Darcula with PhpStorm 6, we wanted to provide a dark look and feel which feels natural to a lot of developers (read an interview with the creator of Darcula). One of the advantages Darcula provides is that it’s easier on the eyes and improves readability.

The fresh PhpStorm 7 EAP improves readability even more thanks to additional syntax coloring for various constructs. We now have separate colors for:

  • Function and method declarations
  • Function calls, static and instance method calls

  • Classes and interfaces, static and instance class fields

Here is a comparison of the same code in PhpStorm 6 (left) and PhpStorm 7 (right):

These new colors can be customized in the editor settings under IDE Settings | Editor | Colors & Fonts | PHP:

Give PhpStorm 7 EAP a try and let us hear your thoughts in the issue tracker, the comments below or in our forums!

Develop with pleasure!
– JetBrains PhpStorm Team

About Maarten Balliauw

Maarten Balliauw is a Developer Advocate at JetBrains, working on .NET tools and Space. He focuses on .NET, Azure, web technologies and application performance. Maarten is a frequent speaker at various national and international events. In his free time, he brews his own beer. Follow him on Twitter or check out his personal blog.
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