Codelobster

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CodeLobster PHP Edition is a free portable handy editor primarily intended for editing PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript files with support Drupal CMS, Joomla CMS, Smarty engine, JQuery library, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, Symfony, Yii and WordPress

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Codelobster review by Nick H.
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"Best PHP IDE Out There!"

What do you like best?

It has a simple to use interface. You can create project files and also has autocomplete built in (obviously if it's an IDE). There are multiple plugins in the professional version. The syntax it supports currently is PHP 7.x, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. The price is about mid-level (compared to other PHP IDEs) but they do it have for cheaper sometimes on software deals site. I found with other IDEs your having to pay to upgrade to the next "major release" (which actually is not much different than the previous version) and with CodeLobster, you're only paying once.

What do you dislike?

The interface could use an upgrade. As an example, you can rename files but you can't copy, move, or delete them from within the IDE. To do this, you have to open Windows File Explorer, copy/move/delete it and then go back to CodeLobster and reload the project (causing a one-step process to turn into a three-step process). On top of that, if you reload a project after updating Composer packages, it sometimes crashes (maybe a way to manage Composer from within the IDE?). Their website is also a bit outdated. There are the plugins for it but they're all from CodeLobster and it'd be good if third-parties could create their own plugins for it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a product that gets the job done and doesn't need to be an over the top extraordinary PHP IDE, CodeLobster is the one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to code in PHP without having to break out more money every year for the same product.

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Codelobster review by Rohith U.
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"Easy to use windows based PHP IDE"

What do you like best?

It can be integrated with many plugins and version controls. It easy to develop any web application using HTML,CSS, PHP. The plugins are very helpful, I am very happy that they have plugins for the Angular JS and Wordpress. It is very easy to use, most of the software options are self explanatory.

What do you dislike?

It felt a little unfinished in places, there are a couple of spelling mistakes and a couple of images have been used without due care and attention. I think perhaps it has been built by programmers for programmers, which is a good thing but maybe needs a designer to take a quick look at it and give them some notes.

It ran on Windows, not a crime in and of itself but because I run a Mac setup at home I could only really test it in work - I should say it handled our projects without a hitch and helped me out a lot.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have used CodeLobster for the WIndows system for suggesting to my company. The main reason we did not implement it because we are using Mac OS. My personal laptop is installed with the Windows OS. So please check all the conditions before implementing it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am building a Wordpress website for a small company (non- profit). By using code lobster it is really easy to build website using worpress plugin. But I did not completely used this product for building the website as the company already using other IDE. But I checked the possibility of this.

What Integrated Development Environment (IDE) solution do you use?

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Codelobster review by Donald C.
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"Good Code Editor"

What do you like best?

II like how it does PHP, JavaScript, CSS, etc highlighting right out of the box. I like the different themes so depending on the place I'm at, I can change how it looks to make it easier to see with just a few clicks. Being able to pair this with Filezilla and locally editing individual files is awesome. I love how it will automatically put the ending curly bracket when you put down an opening one.

We do Joomla development and we have used the Joomla plugin to create the skeleton of Joomla components and Modules in the past and the skeletons are pretty useful for people starting out in creating custom Joomla extensions from scratch.

What do you dislike?

Every time I upgrade (install a new version), all my settings get reset and I have to go in and re-set everything back up. This includes any custom theme colors, tool bars, panel positions, closed panels, etc. Basically it resets all the settings every time you upgrade to a new version.

The only recognition for Joomla calls is if you are in a Joomla Project created inside the premium plugin. I'd like to be able to add include paths or reference paths in general to make it easy to work on multiple sites easily.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Play with the free version and Trial before you buy. The free version has a lot to offer right out of box. But if you develop for some of the platforms they have premium plugins for, give them a try as they can save you some time starting out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps us not make careless errors like missing a semicolon on the end of a statement or a missing bracket. inside the same file, it helps us make sure the variable is spelled correctly and has the proper case.

Codelobster review by Mohamed A.
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"Very basic editor that I won't switch to"

What do you like best?

light weight and easy to use. code completion is limited but works fine. I liked it a little bit because the UI is very similar to my favorite c++ IDE "CodeBlocks"

What do you dislike?

basic UI, Limited documentation and code completion. only available on Windows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend codelobster for casual php coding. if you want to test a piece of code or write a small script, maybe codelobster be a suitable and light option.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I installed CodeLobster to try out and give a review. Mostly used it for PHP development.

Codelobster review by Sazzad Hossain S.
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"Codelobster supports major Frameworks for development"

What do you like best?

Very much lightweight, easy to setup, easy to use. Supports my favorite frameworks which i work all the times. Price is very much lower than other IDE softwares. Support multiple payment method via AvanGate. Support all the major Windows OS. Giving free Life Time Update facility.

What do you dislike?

Free version does not have all the features. If you want all the features, you will have to order for Professional version that supports all the features what they written in their website. Free version has very much limited availability.

But for advanced developers, you will agree to purchase Professional version as because you wanted do some real time works.

Their user interface is very much normal. Would like to see advance development and better UI design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They have lightweight and speed fast IDE which supports HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL facilities with Version controlling and FTP features. Also have popular framework supports which will give you snippets to work more fast.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

They are best in their place as because they supports web development features with extra framework plugin like, Laravel, Yii, CakePHP, CodeIgniter, WordPress, Drupal, jQuery etc. This is the one tool that supports all the things.

By using this tools, they are very much lightweight. Speed, Reliable, Fast and good debugging facility. Although support version controlling system and FTP access as well.

I am not very much familiar with SASS and LESS but this software do support these kind of Cascading Style Sheets.

Codelobster review by User in Wireless
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"Codelobster, free but powerful"

What do you like best?

For a free product it is full of features that help a PHP develoiper with an easy to use interface.

What do you dislike?

Some of the styles come with some annoyances built in and take some time and learning to tweak to be usable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As a full IDE it may be lacking some features, but compared to solutions like text editors it has more features. It fits a nice middle of the road product which is what I prefer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have tried a number of other editors and IDEs and this is my favorite out of all of them.

Codelobster review by User in Government Administration
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"Lightweight, powerful, streamlined, feature-rich"

What do you like best?

Project management, lightweight, syntax highlighting, support of multiple PHP frameworks, customization

What do you dislike?

No ColdFusion support; little documentation

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be aware that the free version comes with a Pro version trial. Unless you intend to subscribe to the Pro version in the future, don't develop your applications with the special framework plugins because you'll lose the ability to use those tools after the trial expires.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used in the rapid development of intranet applications at work. Even the free version of the software outdoes Dreamweaver as an IDE in syntax highlighting, ease of use, CPU/memory usage and features.

Codelobster review by Nathan N.
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"Code Lobster Review"

What do you like best?

Development of PHP code services offered by CL for web development is good.

What do you dislike?

There is security certificate for the site, need to improve the UI by making sharp and removing the basic design of the web page.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Interviewing the people for different roles for job openings and used for testing the coding skills of the people.

Codelobster review by User
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"Seamless product "

What do you like best?

Great for debugging and customization, intelligent design.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes can be a bit too slow and freezes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving UI and UX

Codelobster review by User
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"very attractive free PHP IDE"

What do you like best?

It works very fast and has all major features for code editing, including special plug-ins for many popular frameworks and CMS.

What do you dislike?

I would like to have more extended documentation

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I delevoped a web project based on Drupal CMS. Codelobster has great autocomplete and context help for it.

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