After using the
Zend IDE for over a year I have decided to see what has been going on with Quanta Plus. The primary impitus for this was not because I was dissatisfied with the Zend IDE for any reason, but rather because I have been so impressed with KDE lately.
All in all KDE has quickly become my favorite desktop environment. It is extremely powerful and well suited for a professional development workstation (which for me is a laptop). One by one I have committed to KDE applications and parting with my mismatch interface.
Don't get me wrong, there are some GREAT non-KDE applications for Linux. Mozilla Firebird and Zend IDE being two of my personal favorites. Ximian Evolution is another top notch app. However, there is something about consistency and integration that I do enjoy. The KDE developers have been doing such a good job that I find myself missing KDE when using a non-KDE app.
Which brings me to the point of this entry. The last non-KDE program that I have been using is also the program that I use the most, my code IDE. I write PHP code all day, and have been really impressed with the Zend IDE. however, the Java GUI is just not as nice as KDE. Not to mention little improvements that are always happening to KDE like the fish:// protocol.
So I have decided to give Quanta Plus a shot.
I must say that after a week I am quite impressed. Quanta has a lot of features that are not available on other editors. My personal favorite feature is that you can collapse blocks of code. This really eases the process of creating documentation.
Another feature that has been brought to my attention by Marcus is that you can save a "view" of the project. A view is a collection of files. When you save a view, Quanta Plus takes note of all the files that are open. When you open the view Quanta opens all of the files in that view. This is great for complex projects. often times one aspect of an application deals with a hand full of files. Views allows you to open that aspect of the application and have all the necessary files right there.
The next version of Quanta Plus will have some features that I am really looking forward to. There will be a class browser, better integration with CVS and more. However the best feature that I have found in Quanta is the ability to talk directly with the developers of the project. After using Quanta for a week I have already had two email conversations with one of the developers. This is the beauty of open source.
I can't help but feel like I owe the guys behind Quanta a few tokens of my appreciation.