Category Archives: Cool Feature

Project Templates in PhpStorm 2016.2

Often in web development, we want to start a new project from a skeleton application that has all the scaffolding we need to get quickly started with coding. PhpStorm bundles with some of these templates, but in 2016.2 we’ve added the … Continue reading

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Import Cleanup Improvements in PhpStorm 2016.2

We’ve made some improvements in the way that unused use statements are detected in PhpStorm 2016.2.

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Xdebug On Demand for CLI PHP Scripts in PhpStorm 2016.2

You may have noticed recent versions of the Composer dependency manager has come with a warning if you have Xdebug enabled: Jordi added this warning because Xdebug does wondrous things when you are developing, but it slows down execution of … Continue reading

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Using External Tools in PhpStorm

In a recent ticket on YouTrack (our issue tracker), our community member Jared Morgan documented how you can use the “External Tools” feature of PhpStorm to run everyday tools from your toolchain from a custom key binding, without ever leaving … Continue reading

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Go To Implementation in PhpStorm

At a round-table discussion with Ben Marks (of Magento fame), the developers from Class Llama mentioned that they had a gripe with the “Go to declaration” functionality in PhpStorm.

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Working With Switch and If Statements in PhpStorm 2016.1

We’re all told that great developers refactor often (I looked for a quote on who said that, but couldn’t find anyone, so now it’s mine). Refactoring can be a tedious job, but PhpStorm’s intentions can help you break away from … Continue reading

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Webinar recording – What’s New in PhpStorm 2016.1

The recording of our April 18th webinar, What’s New in PhpStorm 2016.1 with Gary Hockin, is available on JetBrains YouTube channel.

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Group Use Statements in PhpStorm 2016.1

For the recent 2016.1 release, a lot of work was done to improve the group use functionality that landed in PHP 7.

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Changes to Remote Connection Keep-Alive in PhpStorm 2016.1

PhpStorm has always had great features that helped you to manage code and databases that are hosted on remote servers. These features have been improved in PhpStorm 2016.1 as you can now keep these remote connections alive.

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“Make Static” Refactoring Tool in PhpStorm 11

When refactoring, sometimes you wish to change your methods to be static, while this isn’t the best practice in the world, it’s possible you’ll be in a position where pragmatism will take priority over great design. If you are 100% … Continue reading

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