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PhpStorm 2019.3.1 is released

PhpStorm 2019.3.1 build 193.5662.63 is available now. It brings with it important bugfixes and a couple of small but heavily requested usability improvements.

Customizable auto-insertion of short tags

PhpStorm 2019.3 introduced the ability to automatically insert <?php as soon as you type <?, which can help you deprecate short tags:


But because short tags are still a part of PHP, this turned out to be a bit excessive. That is why in this version, we’ve brought several enhancements to the feature.

First, you can now opt out completely. In the PhpStorm preferences, go to Editor | General | Smart Keys | PHP and clear the Auto-insert ‘<?php’ tag after typing ‘<?’ checkbox:


Second, PhpStorm will filter out the extra php if you happen to type it reflexively, so <?phpphp should no longer occur. And, to remove the php part, you only have to press Backspace once:


Customizable highlighting for PHPDoc blocks

Another feature that required a more tailored approach is colored highlighting for PHPDoc blocks, which we introduced in 2019.3.


It turns out that change was a bit too radical for some, so now it’s possible to customize the colors used. In the PhpStorm preferences, go to Editor | Color Scheme | PHP | PHPDoc, clear the Inherit values from checkbox on the elements you’d like to customize, and then set the desired colors:


As always, there’s a handy shortcut you can use to jump straight to the corresponding settings page. Place the caret on some PHPDoc element, press Shift+Cmd+A (Ctrl+Shift+A on WIndows), and search for the Jump to Colors and Fonts action:


Notable updates and bugfixes:

  • PHP Profiler: Show memory column for Xdebug > 2.6 (WI-40687 +5)
  • Fixed: Incorrect <visibility> const order in PHP class when formatting code (WI-49902 +3)
  • Fixed: Format Code incorrectly changes list to array destructure (WI-49966 +12)
  • Fixed: Scrolling very slow/sluggish in database table view/editor with many columns (DBE-9604 +10)
  • Fixed: Add property type modifies parent class in library (WI-49957 +4)
  • Fixed: Focus lost after closing tool window if editor tabs are split (IDEA-227102 +4)

For the full list of bugfixes and improvements in the update, please see the release notes.

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