**notepad++ IDE is best if your laptop/pc’s configuaration is old.
In my PC I used Zend Studio v 5.2 for long time (5/6 months) to write php code. Zend Studio is a very good IDE. But in that IDE there is some limitations. One of which is that, Zend Studio doesn’t render div matching correctly. But If you use Zend Framework, then using Zend Studio is a better choice as this framework’s class or funtions are automatically shown. But remember Zend Studio is not free, you’ve to buy it.
|NetBeans IDE 7.0M1||Eclipse PDT 2.0|
|Free IDE.||Free IDE.|
|Common function of php will show automatically or by pressing ctrl + space.||Common function of php will show automatically or by pressing ctrl + space.|
|For HTML, it checks div correctly, if there is any unmatched tag like <div> …<div> then it will colored and show that problemtic line. So you could easily fix that <div> …. </div>||Eclipse couldn’t render div matching properly.|
|If your file’s extension is .php but you write <style>…</style> netbeans automatically colored the css code in here according to css style.||If your file’s extension is .php and in that file you write css code within <style>….</style> eclipse couldn’t render that according to CSS color rather it shows only black color.|
|I give 9 out of 10 to netbeans. (overall score)||I give 5 out of 10 to eclipse. (overall score)|