Here is a collection of some of the awards and references I've
received, mostly for phpDesigner over the years. If you know of
any other awards or references that are not listed here on this
site, please do not hesitate to contact
In the Press
Super fast PHP IDE with many features. I think this one could
be one of the biggest in the short future.... so keep your eye
Web developers will appreciate the solid feature set and smart
design of this PHP development environment...
We recommend phpDesigner for experienced programmers who are
looking for a stable, professional quality freeware tool and
don't mind a bit of experimentation to learn how to use it.
Good looking and functional PHP editor - editors review by Nick
It's not easy to get excited about the look of a PHP environment
and editor but phpDesigner puts in more effort than most to
create a stylish and highly usable one.
phpDesigner is a complete PHP IDE (Integrated Development Environment)
and PHP editor that caters for just about all your PHP coding
development. The main aim of phpDesigner is to boost your productivity
and make your life easier. However, because of this, it's aimed
more at beginners than professional editors, although there's
enough there to keep the latter interested too.
Probably the main bonus of phpDesigner is the intelligent syntax
highlighting which spots errors as you type, meaning less head
scratching at the end of a long coding session. This applies
not just to PHP but to other languages as well. Of course, phpDesigner
also comes with a debugger which can test scripts for errors
and suggests possible solutions although as with all debuggers,
the success rate can be hit and miss according to most users.
If you're looking for a good looking PHP editor that supports
plenty of other languages too, then phpDesigner may well make
your life a lot easier.
It seems that my endless search for the ideal PHP IDE has
finally…er…ended. phpDesigner is the most promising environment
I’ve seen and even though I’ve only just started using it, it’s
already seen Zend Studio Pro and the treacle-like Zend Studio
Eclipse confined to the recycle bin.
Remarkably, phpDesigner is the work of one man, Michael Pham
from Denmark who’s put it together (perhaps even more remarkably)
in Delphi. phpDesigner has lots of productivity tools designed
to make coding more efficient, it incorporates tools for editing
one of the few tools that, through its excellent syntax tools,
built in manuals and code snippets, helps newcomers to learn
And perhaps the best news is the price (less than forty quid
including VAT). There’s a trial version available at
and the product is being actively developed with a beta version
currently downloadable for all registered users.
It’s not often that I come across a piece of software like this
that blows me away with its quality and value. I’ve been struggling
with Zend’s reasonably featured but unresponsive products and
had switched to the (also excellent) Ultraedit but phpDesigner
looks like being my IDE of choice, at least for now.
by Tania Andersen
I en alder af 24 år er Michael Pham allerede en erfaren software-producent.
Han er ene mand bag PHP-udviklingsværktøjet PhpDesigner og han
har nu sat studiet på Handelshøjskolen på standby for at satse
Read the whole article here (Danish only).
Today I thought I’d discuss one of the best free/paid PHP IDE’s
out there; one I’ve been using for nearly 3 years now. That
IDE would be, phpDesigner.
I’ve tried many IDE’s in my day, I believe the count stood at
6 before finding phpDesigner; it was like a “godsend”. It had
features that blew most paid IDE’s out of the water.
Starting with phpDesigner 2007, Michael (the creator of the
software) decided to make it commercial, while also releasing
a personal (free) version. Even though the free version lacks
some Pro features, it still beats every IDE I’ve come across.
Myself, I bought the Professional version - the $53 USD was
well worth it. And I’d encourage ALL of you to give it a try
by downloading the personal version, if you like it (I know
you will), it’s easy to upgrade to the Professional version.
An IDE for PHP that doesn't suck!
phpDesigner is a complete IDE for PHP based web
development. It is a pretty simple idea but this one seems
to have actually pulled it off. If you’re looking for a
Windows PHP IDE, this one is certainly worth a look....
read full article.
phpDeisgner is to PHP what the Fonz is to Happy Days
It’s all a bit musical around here at the moment with our work
on the Music Wall – in fact, I’m starting to think I might be
in a cheap production of West Side Story. So, as a change of
topic, I thought I would do a quick review of a PHP IDE that
has made my life far more enjoyable of late.
Things I like:
Access to Help – although it’s a minor thing, it’s really quick
to get to the PHP manual. This is great for someone switching
from another language that isn’t quite familiar with function
names and other facets of PHP.
Code complete – they’ve done an excellent job on this given
that it’s PHP and all file based. It seems to discover variables
I really wouldn’t have expected it to.
Syntax highlighting – it’s got it just right. The fact it
also highlights variables in strings is great.
Different interface designs – you can choose from a selection
of interface designs. I can almost pretend I’m not in XP!
SVN integration – this really is great, especially as the
plugin I had for Visual Studio had more bugs than a bug breeding
farm (if such a thing exists?)!
To do/bug management – it’s really easy to insert to-do and
bug items and there’s a nice little manager window for them.
It’s fast – I have a slightly overloaded Lenovo laptop at
the moment and even
It’s very stable & bug free – it hasn’t, as yet, crashed
once on me.
The support has been fantastic, I’ve asked a series of really
stupid questions and had answers within minutes.
Price – it’s just right based on the more expensive competition
and the fact that there are a number of free alternatives.
My transition from .NET to PHP has been joyful (when are
you gonna sort your shit out Microsoft?), a lot of this is down
to phpDesigner. For what I assume is a small software company,
MPSOFTWARE have done an amazing job. This editor almost makes
me want to stay with a PC, even if I do feel slightly out numbered
by all of the Macies.
An excellent Web authoring tool, suitable for beginners and
advanced programmers alike. Excellent!
phpDesigner is an excellent development tool for beginners and
If you are using PHP, then phpDesigner is one of the best editors
phpDesigner can help a profession coder as well as a novice
to code faster and better.
Experienced web designers, coders and novice developers alike
can benefit from this web publishing tool.
It provides you with all the tools required to speed and improve
your coding capabilities by providing code parameter hints and
syntax coloring. The deployment environment of this tool combines
many powerful features such as PHP, HTML, XHTML and so on all
combined in this one unique program.
The interface of the program is sophisticated with built-in
wizards to help you proceed with ease. It also includes extra
tools such as an FTP client, FTP manager, file manager, project
manager and many more. The XP-based customizable interface comes
with eighteen different themes. Coding looks as good as it gets
with the phpDesigner.
phpDesigner provides a comfortable environment with many time
saving features - Very Good!
I've just listened to Joe Stagner's MSDN Webcast on PHP and
ASP.NET. Although Joe's a Microsoft employee, he's used PHP
and gave his demos using Michael Pham's phpDesigner 2005 (beta
versions of phpDesigner 2006 also available).
Michael Pham, who was born in 1983 and is a student in Denmark,
has maintained phpDesigner as a labor of love over the last
…To be completely honest though, I believe that anybody seriously
busting ass on server-side scripting should pay attention to
Michael Pham, the developer of phpDesigner and htmlGate.
HTMLGATE 2000 is a text editor for the intermediate to expert
user. Along with HTML, it has editing capabilities and tags
own drag-and-drop FTP program, image tools, a GIF animator,
sound recorder, style sheet editor, and clipart... and it's
His name is Michael Pham, and he's a 17-year-old from Denmark.
The kid gripes me to no end.
At 17, my greatest ambition was to get a date and pay for it
by hustling pool. In that same time, Pham has created seven
versions of HTMLGate 2000, a text editor that ranks among the
better such tools that I have found - and he has a girlfriend.
In fact, there is only one feature that would keep me from doing
away with the rest of my HTML programs and using HTMLGate exclusively
- it doesn't have word wrap in the editing window.
Granted, as my own teen-agers are quick to point out, when I
was 17 there were no such things as computers. According to
them, there were also no such things as pencil, paper, the wheel,
and fire. No wonder I can't wait for them to go away to college.
What Pham has created is an HTML editor for the intermediate
to expert user. Not only is it an HTML editor, but it also has
support for ASP and XML, its own drag-and-drop FTP program,
image tools, a GIF animator, sound recorder, style sheet editor,
Other features include a frame editor, CodeSweeper, Body Grabber,
Flash- Shockwave- & ActiveX Support, improved Auto-Complete,
PHP, CSS, CGI, SMIL, HDML, VHTML, and Cookies implementation
Did I mention that I could dunk a basketball at age 17?
Pham not only includes the tools to make those scripts, but
he also provides dozens of scripts from the various languages
to use on your web sites.
That brings us to the other mystery about the program (the first
is not having word wrap) - it is free! Corporate users can pay
about $200 for the program, but individuals get it gratis.
There are some bugs in the program, although my test revealed
very little. Those, in time, I suspect will be worked out. Hey,
the kid is 17 - give him a break!
What Pham has done is try to make things as easy as possible,
therefore enabling those using the program to speed along at
a fairly rapid rate. His table editor, forms, and frames editors,
for example, are straightforward and clean to use.
In fact, he has done a nice job of making the entire interface
clean and crisp despite packing tons of material into the program.
Many others would do well to learn how he gets so much into
a 2.5-MB program.
Most of the common commands are accessible from the typical
icon-type buttons at the top of the program. Above that are
numerous drop down menus, many with sub-menus, which enable
users to get more in-depth with each topic.
The program features both internal and external previews, various
multimedia supports, HTML compressor, and a complete list of
At the MPSOFTWARE site, you can also find other free programs
PHP Editor 2000, Perl Editor 2000, SQL Editor 2000, Sybase SQL
Editor 2000, C++ Editor 2000, and Drag & Drop FTP 2000.
Pham's stated goal is to satisfy users' requirements for free
useful software, and it appears he has done quite well with
the donations he has received. It almost makes me feel guilty
about charging kids protection money at the inner-city high
school I attended.
So now Pham is generous, too. I guess, as I conclude this review
I am left with only two questions: Can the kid play pool? Can
he dunk a basketball?