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Before i use Netbeans for my PHP IDE (Netbeans Early Access For PHP) i used zend studio 5 for logic code and Macromedia Dreamweaver for UI Design. Code completion in Netbeans is fast, and has a good look and feel than Zend Studio.Is it possible in Netbeans For PHP to has a feature like Dreamweaver for create UI (WYSIWYG)? (i'm sorry for my english, i am still learning english right now)

Posted by Denny Chan on July 07, 2008 at 11:36 PM CEST #

A wysiwyg editor is not planned for NetBeans 6.5 and our team doesn't work on such feature. But there is a team, which is trying to prototype such editor for NetBeans. The goal of this project is that the editor will be reusable for all web technologies, not only html, but also PHP, JSP, rhtml etc. I don't have any estimate, when it will be done or when there will be available a preview.

Do you use now such editor? Which one?

Regards, Petr

Posted by Petr Pisl on July 08, 2008 at 06:24 AM CEST #

Keep up the good work guys. I've gone through a number of PHP editors recently and Netbeans PHP definitely shows a lot of promise.

Posted by Adam Jorgensen on July 08, 2008 at 08:48 AM CEST #

Thanks Adam for these words.

Posted by Petr Pisl on July 08, 2008 at 05:26 PM CEST #

Thanks for reply.
I am using Dreamweaver for WYSIWYG HTML editor (UI) and Netbeans for PHP (Logic). is IDE for PHP that has WYSIWYG features. But of course Dreamweaver and Delphi For PHP is not free.Oke, but Netbeans for PHP is the best free IDE for PHP that i am using right now.
Thanks and Keep Spirit!, Bravo Netebeans.

Posted by Denny Chan on July 10, 2008 at 04:03 AM CEST #

Hi Denny,

thanks for your words. It's always good to hear that people use, what we are doing.


Posted by Petr on July 10, 2008 at 04:58 AM CEST #

Hi, i love thigs we can do whit netbeans, but i would like to know if there is in plans to add visual editor for php files, i can tell you this could be the thing make php programers come to netbeans, and there are lots of them... also i want to congratulate netbeans team for the grat job is making. "ArrayList netbeans = new ArrayList(){"the","best","IDE","for","PHP"};

sorry for my english.

Posted by Antonio Pagano on September 16, 2008 at 08:14 PM CEST #

Hi Antonio,

I agree it would be cool to have a visual designer. Not only for PHP:). Unfortunately our resources are limited and this feature requires a lot of time. So now we don't plan to do it for NB 6.5. In the future we will see.


Posted by Petr on September 17, 2008 at 07:01 AM CEST #

Netbeans IDE is the best thing to happen in PHP world since sliced-bread.

I have used many different editors, Aptana, Eclipse PDT, Dreamweaver etc.
But nothing beats the new Netbeans IDE in terms of features and ease of development. ( I could be bised here as I use netbeans for java development
and favour it over Eclipse and other java IDEs, and for good reasons).

The only thing lacking is WYSWYG editor. If that coulod be included in netbeans, I could completely ditch dreamweaver and use Netbeans as my primary development tool for PHP as well as java development.

And if netbeans team is looking for contributors to develop WYSWYG editor for netbeans, I would be more than happy to contribute.
And since I have used netbeans Platform (modules) to develop desktop apps, it shouldn't be too hard for me to get oriented and started.

Kudos to Netbeans team for making perhaps one of the most significant contribution to PHP community.a

Posted by anzaan on October 22, 2008 at 12:07 AM CEST #

Hi Anzaan,

thanks for the comment. Every help is welcome. Create useful WYSWYG editor takes probably long time. At first should be specified, what users expect from such editor, which kind of users is the targer etc. You know, write up requirements and expectations.


Posted by Petr on October 22, 2008 at 11:20 AM CEST #

Yeah, really Netbeans is the best free PHP editor I've ever used. I could say, PhpDesigner is so good too, but it works only on Windows... Netbeans is for Windows... linux (my Ubuntu 8.04 loves Netbeans!), Mac, etc, etc....

Sure it's a great idea to have a WYSIWYG editor for PHP/HTML/XHTML/JSP, etc (Enterprice projects (JSP) has that editor?...). Maybe, it would take a lot of time to create such an editor for Web, but if the need exists, why not to take the needed time?.

One thing is sure: If WYSIWYG web editor for Netbeans is created, Netbeans would become in something like the "prince of the IDE's"... Who knows, maybe... the "King of the IDE's"?

Posted by DavidZ on November 04, 2008 at 09:03 AM CET #

Hi DavidZ,

sure it would be nice to have a WYSIWYG html editor. But you need to assign at least one engineer for long time to provide the functionality and in the current situation we don't have enough resources for current set of features.

There could be based a community project with this target and I would really support such project.

Now we are still in the planing phase for NB 7.0 and today we have discussed this the WYSIWIG editor as well. But still the main question are the resources.


Posted by Petr on November 04, 2008 at 10:03 AM CET #

Yes, resources... sure it's a problem. Just a question: Do you have a Donation area at your netbeans website?, Say, Wikipedia, in example, has that area... now they have near 3'000.000 dollars (I guess). Netbeans is a great project. Maybe you could get the needed resources in this way... Sure we, your comunity, will give our bit of sand to become Netbeans the Only IDE we need \^_\^

It's an idea... I have not browsed all of your site, so I don't know if you have a donation area.

Posted by DavidZ on December 18, 2008 at 09:19 AM CET #

I think time have already passed,
that netbeans should have a WYSIWIG editor ,
i am working in netbeans for the last 3 years on web projects,
and it is often a big itch to switch to external application for design changes every time

please consider WYSIWIG editor as a very very important feature that is needed,
so that Netbeans will be the king of IDEs

Posted by Sony George on January 20, 2009 at 06:16 AM CET #


you can include this java bean component for wysiwyg mode => or

Regards Laurent
PS: netbeans is a great product but Wysiwyg mode for php, html, xhtml is very important error to not be considered !

If someone want to develop this plugin, I can help !

Posted by Laurent Hayoun on January 23, 2009 at 07:46 AM CET #

I definitively agree with everybody up here.What is needed is the WYSIWYG.I think almost everybody using netbeans has more or less a reason do use netbeans for web development and it'ld be much easier if from a single IDE.I'm especially waiting for that feature and almost convince all my friends to give netbeans a try.I've use dreamweaver , nusphere,PDT i think to me things are more natural from netbeans, except web gui authoring.Netbeans is a great IDE please keep it up. and Bravo for the development team.i can imagine that great IDE like netbeans is free.Keep it up guys!
Please for the ressources let the community give a hand by donations by developing subsets or units of that project by adding suggestions or requirements.Even if we can't cover everything.thanks

Posted by highjo on February 19, 2009 at 05:45 AM CET #

You have my vote too the tutorials for PHP are excellent and it really helps newbies like me. I too use dreamweaver and would love to switch to netbeans for all my web development needs.


Posted by Andy on February 20, 2009 at 03:40 PM CET #

Has anyone started working on it, I am also ready to contribute. - Simon

Posted by Solution Point on May 28, 2009 at 04:18 AM CEST #

I think real programmers don't need such a tool!
Edit your HTML yourself and feel the precision!

Posted by spooffi on September 04, 2009 at 11:38 AM CEST #

About WYSIWYG i think that is very important when the webdeveloper need to be faster, in some pieces of code that need more design than code.

Posted by Matheus Finotti on October 21, 2009 at 11:27 AM CEST #

Yes, i agree a design mode is very important while developing, although its use is not common but it saves time

Posted by mambi on April 05, 2010 at 02:18 PM CEST #

Why you guys don't want to provide at least a wysiwyg editor for HTML. you can extend it to other languages later. But most importantly BASIC HTML sysiwyg editor enough.

Posted by Aruna on May 10, 2010 at 11:42 PM CEST #

I use Codelobster PHP Edition.
It is free HTML, PHP, CSS editor with special CodeInspector like FireBug has.

Posted by Stas on February 07, 2011 at 01:49 AM CET #

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