PHP again hits the spotlight as we try to find a good PHP IDE with visual design capabilities. For example Nusphere PHPEdit has great editor, debugger, and even some basic code generation wizards – but no Visual Design tool. Ditto for Zend Studio and Activestate Komodo.
Now some will argue that Visual Design with drag and drop facility is the work of the Lazy Devil – to which anyone who has had to make the thousand and first change(s) to a systems presentation pages or look and feel using the editor only approach …. maybe there is a better way – something like visual design.
So as I search unsuccessfully for a PHP IDE with Visual Design capabilities (please send any and all help here) I have started to look for the next best thing – PHP code generation tools. Here is one of my first hits – Xlinesofts PHPRunner. this tool, as you can see from the screenshot (again we use the Wordweb database in MySQL format), is able to produce very sophisticated ECUD-Edit, Copy, Update, Delete code for database tables. And not just MySQL, but also Oracle, Access, and a broad set of ODBC. This tool makes short work of the drudge patrol – editing and maintaining proliferating databases. And if you have a favorite PHP code generation tool send me a note.