Develop your web with PhpStorm
January 28, 2019

Develop your web with PhpStorm

Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with PhpStorm

We use PhpStorm in the software development group, especially for PHP projects or projects that have at least one PHP module. When I decided to buy it (due to the insistence of a team member) I was skeptical that it worth the money spent. However, soon I realized this is a powerful IDE for PHP development, with many nice and useful features that improve the speed of development and productivity.
  • Integration with almost any source code control system.
  • Code assistance - PhpStorm has the best code assistance I have seen in my career in an IDE with an advanced syntax highlighting mode. It is helping write the code faster and reduces the number of bugs.
  • The graphics of the files comparison tool are really nice and helpful.
  • Code refactoring is done well.
  • Extended plugin list available.
  • It is limited to PHP, CSS, HTML. Support for other programming languages would be nice
  • Steep learning curve - it needs some time and training for a developer to use PhpStorm at its full capacity.
  • To run optimally, PhpStorm needs a machine with 16GB RAM, which is an add-on to its cost.
  • It is not free. Not expensive, but not free.
  • Some performance issues are there during code refactoring and cause extensive changes in the project.
  • PhpStorm decreased the time to market of new features - we are following the Agile SCRUM methodology with 2 weeks sprints. Using PhpStorm helped with releasing UI features even faster than 2 weeks.
  • Considering the price of the license and the cost of the server where we run it, the ROI is still high due to less time spent by developers with writing code, debugging, refactoring etc. Especially when you have highly paid developers.
  • Increased people's happiness - by using a modern tool with lots of features which has made their work easier.
I highly recommend PhpStorm specifically for web development involving PHP, CSS, and HTML. This IDE has everything you need to do this, and more. Once the team members learn it, it will increase the speed of development, the quality of the code(therefore fewer bugs) and overall it will increase the team's productivity, delivering projects/features faster to market and saving the company money.