PHP List,

I won't go into a big rant about Zend, and instead simply say that while
I was using Zend Studio to debug PHP pages since version 5.0. I was
never really all that happy with it. It seemed to be the most complete
debugging environment for PHP, so I put up with it. I will say that the
Studio installation procedure has got better, but setting up a reliable
debugging server has not.

Now, the current version of Zend Studio (7.0) is based on Eclipse (I
think since v6.0), and so I'm just not sure what I'm paying for anymore.
Aptana Studio, also based on Eclipse has pretty much the exact same
interface and can even connect to a Zend server.

Since one of those is free, I can't see why I wouldn't switch. The issue
for me is that paying for Zend hasn't really saved me much hassle, so
even if Aptana has difficulties, at least they are free difficulties.

The main failing point, so far as I can see, of Aptana/Xdebug, is a lack
of good, clear, documentation (also note that Zend doesn't have great
documentation either). Especially on how to set it up.

I was wondering if anyone has used it and could provide a link or
instructions on how to get the debugging environment up and running.

Or, equally as valuable, would be recommendations on other debugging
environments. The key is finding one that has a clear set of
instructions for how to set it up (On Ubuntu/Debian Linux with a local
LAMP server.)

Thanks for any advice.

Dave M G

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