> I did some search and found Zend Studio for MAC 5.5.
> it's $299, but thats a goal at least.
Just so you know I fully empathise with both yours and Daevid's situation -
you'll probably find a lot of people on this list are in the same boat, as am I.
Anyway just a hint - I bought my first Mac in September and I'm never turning
back but that's a conversation for another day. The one thing I thought was
missing that I couldn't match on Windows was a decent IDE - for both PHP and
C++ (my two main freelancer languages.)
However someone on this list pointed me in the direction of what I thought was
a Java IDE - NetBeans. It turns out it's a damned-fine C++ and PHP editor. It
handles code completion of LARGE projects (4,000+ files) ten times faster than
others - Zend Studio and Eclipse, and Komodo for instance.
Plus it's free :)
I used Zend Studio when it was a stand-alone Java application then switched to
PhpEd but unfortunately that's Windows only. I've also tried Eclipse but
couldn't get to grips with it. However I feel NetBeans is such a stronger
contender than any of these - straight from the word go I just got on with it.
Re: the certification - I'm looking at doing a Zend course next year for
nothing more than to try and get PHP recognised as a professional skill - I've
been programming in it since 2002. I don't know of any other companies that do
PHP qualifications, but as Zend is "the PHP company" anyway they probably mean
Hope this helps you anyway.
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