PHP Development Plan for NetBeans 7.1

Author: Petr Pisl

Version: 0.1 - draft

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This document is a collection of ideas that should be done in NetBeans PHP support area during NetBeans 7.1 time frame. Probably not every feature, item will be done, but it's mentioned to track it for next releases.


Priority Task Notes
P1 Stabilizing, decrease number of bugs. Increase performance. There are 520 open defects in the editor area
P3 Fast import like in Java When there is used an PHP Class though code completion, then should be automatically inserted use statement for the class
P3 Implement code folding for code statements The current code folding works for classes and methods/functions. Users are asking for code folding of code statements like if, while.... . See issue 186731
P3 Support of PHPUnit tags in PHPDoc Issue #189983
P3 Correct or disable experimental hints There is an obsolete experimental hints implementation, that don't work correctly mainly from performance point of view. These experimental hints should be rewritten or probably disabled.
P3 Adding coding styles There are many formatting options for PHP files. There should be formatting profiles, that can be saved per projects. See for example issue #188785
P3 Update PHP Parser The current PHP Parser doesn't reflect some corner cases of PHP 5.3. The parser should be uptodate.
P3 Improve error handling The current error handling is based mainly on the parser errors. Messages from parser are not very understandable for users. This situation can be improved through introducing a logic that will try improve the error handling.
P3 Improve finding code completion context in broken code The code completion is based on the parser result if the code is ok. When the code is broken, then cc is based on lexer tokens. This can be improved to provide better code completion.
P4 Highlight pars for alternative syntax Like for standard syntax there is highlight { and } for while, if etc, it can be also highlighted for alternative syntax. See issue #164347
P4 Improve sanitizetion of the code Many ide features are based on the parser result (AST tree). Unfortunately the code in editor is the bulk of time broken, and the AST can not be build around the parser error. There is already used way to sanitized the code (correct virtually the code) that provides better ASTs. There can be added other cases to improve it.
P4 Improve handling of long strings When there is pressed ENTER key inside a string, then the string should be concatenated like in Java editor.
P4 Allow to customize PHP Documentation generation The current generating of PHP Documentation before classes and methods / functions is hardcoded. According the user requests, this should be configurable.


Priority Task Notes
P1 Regenerate PHP runtime signature files Provide new signature files for binary libraries. The current collection of signature files is almost three years old and should be refreshed.
P1 (S)FTP support The functionality of FTP support is recently very discussed on mailing list.

The functionality has to be improved:

  • keep-alive DONE
  • encrypted FTP (FTPS) DONE
  • lazy file download DONE

Problems need to be fixed:

  • upload-on-save (disconnect error) DONE
  • freezing ide due to using keyring DONE
P2 PHPUnit
P3 (S)FTP support
  • includes/excludes for file transfer
P4 UI for PHP turn on/off signature files Provide ui, which allows to exclude and add the signature files from include path.


Priority Task Notes
P2 Extract Method It's highly requested feature, see issue #183807


Priority Task Notes
P2 Evaluate Symfony2 framework Since we already support Symfony framework, we should also support its brand new version.
P3 Provide a possibility to add simple code completion for a PHP framework This feature should allow to simply define an items for code completion though an simple configuration file. See issue #182655(16 votes)
P3 Support Yii framework Issue 181301 (244 votes)


Priority Task Notes
P2 Zend Debugger support issue #168275 (19 votes)
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