That’s right. I’m changing IDE’s.

Really, I’m just thinking about it. I’ve used Coda 2 by Panic for several years now and have always enjoyed it. It has all kinds of tools built in and a WordPress function auto-complete plugin available for free. But what I’ve always missed is something a little more dedicated and aware of WordPress and its code standards.

Standards are something that I’m very big on and that I honestly struggle with. While I believe that I write and speak fairly well, it isn’t something that comes naturally to me. I have always struggled with grammar and the nuances of language. I’ve found this issue in languages other than English. I spoke fairly good conversational Spanish for several years and faced the same issue. I could never quite remember the grammar rules. When learning PHP and WordPress, I still have trouble sometimes remembering small details of the standard best practices. So I continue to study, to write about them and to search out tools to help me remember. After almost eight years, you’d think I’d have them down.

Enter in PhpStorm. While this IDE has been around for a while and been on my radar since they announced full WordPress integration in version 8, I haven’t really had time or inclination to try a switch until now. But yesterday I downloaded the free trial from JetBrains and will be working in PhpStorm for the next few weeks to see if the switch is one that I should make.

One of the main features that I see as a benefit over Coda 2 is that PhpStorm is aware of the WordPress best practices and desired syntax and can correct and suggest functions and standards. I see this as a major win to help in my struggle with such things and to help take me to the next level in my development skills.

I’ll let you know how it goes and will be posting some tricks and tips that I learn and acquire over the coming weeks.

Published by Matt Pritchett

Matt is a Christian, a husband, a father to two beautiful girls and a WordPress developer at CrowdFavorite. He also creates software for nonprofits and enterprise customers at Pritchett Media.

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