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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Eclipse PHP upgrade tackles object-oriented programming

The Eclipse Foundation is releasing on Wednesday version 2.0 of its Eclipse PDT (PHP Development Tools) project, which adds object-oriented programming and usability features.

PDT is an open-source development tool offering basic code editing capabilities for PHP applications. PHP is a server-side scripting language popular in Web development.

"This project [with the earlier 1.0 release] has seen wide adoption, [with] over 1 million downloads to date," said Roy Ganor, project lead for both PDT and the Zend Studio for Eclipse platform at PHP tool maker Zend Technologies.

[ For more on PHP and other scripting languages, see "Scripting languages spark new programming era." ]

Object-oriented features in version 2.0 include a type hierarchy view for faster code navigation; type and method navigation for searching of code based on type information, and override indicators to visually tag PHP methods that have been overridden.

"Object oriented [programming] in general gives you the ability to have much more modular code," Ganor noted.