CodeLobster has many features, some of listed features are:
- Code Highlighting
- Code collapsing
- Code Auto complete
- HTML and CSS code inspector
- PHP debugger
- Context and Dynamic help (PHP, MySQL, and HTML)
- Split Window
- Zen Coding
- Pair highlighting
- Pair selection, tags and attributes selection
- Navigation by holding CTRL key
- Class View
- Preview in a browser
- Project manager
- File explorer
- Incremental find
- Multi-language interface
Some of the advance features of CodeLobster are discussed below.
SQL manager has the abilities to work with MySQL databases and it supports auto-complete, fields editing, data editing and export wizard (help to export data in a different format.). CodeLobster supports the various Version Control System such as Git, SVN, and Mercurial. SVN and Mercurial are only available in Codelobster PHP Edition. Version control help to maintain and collaborate on the code base. CodeLobster IDE has support for code snippets (it is pre-written code). Code snippets are very useful and fasten the development, it is line with DRY (Do not Repeat Yourself) principle. CodeLobster also supports advanced CSS functionality like SASS and LESS but snippets and SASS & LESS are only available with the professional version. Apart from this, the professional version of CodeLobster has a plug-in for all it supported framework which enhanced the simple editor as a framework or library specific editor.
My personal observation is that CodeLobster IDE free version is very good for academic and learning web development and professional version is suitable for business users where development required fast and efficient resource management. PHP support is very good in CodeLobster and its integration with front-end technologies and SQL easy the web development tasks. “All in one place” could be the right term for explaining CodeLobster for web-development. The professional version is cheaper than many other IDE offering similar functionality. Professiоnal version costs $79.95 / 3 activations on different devices +1 year free upgrades.
Future updates cost $19.95 / 1 year (based on website link http://codelobster.com/order-ide.php).