Environment and development tools
Every integrated development environment can be used. However, this is a list of tools highly recommanded to use. They are all famous and a good help as they are featurful and of high quality. They are used by most main Dolibarr developers. Above all, they are all free and Opensource.
These are the recommended tools but any tool compliant with PHP, MySQL and Web standards can be used.
An AMP server
- AMP means Apache + MariaDB + PHP
For Linux: These 3 products are available in almost all Linux distributions by default.
For Windows: Install  (MariaDB SQL database, Apache and PHP in an all-in-one package) or a comparable system environment (like XAMPP).
The WAMP server offers MariaDB+Apache+PHP, with the option to change the version of any component with a simple click.
Webbrowser (Chrome / Firefox) + plugins
- Chrome + plugins
You can download Chrome from https://www.chrome.com
- Firefox + plugins:
- HTML Validator
- User Agent Switcher to simulate usage of smartphones
- Cert Viewer Plus if you plan to make tests with HTTPS
- QuickProxy if you want to switch quickly on proxy tools (WebScarab)
You can download this on web site https://www.firefox.com
or the new Firefox Developer Edition: https://www.mozilla.org/de/firefox/developer/
SquirrelSQL or DBeaver
- SquirrelSQL or DBeaver for database administration.
Go on official web site of this product to download them.
Eclipse and plugins
We recommend to use an Eclipse version provided on eclipse.org. For example: https://eclipse.org/pdt/
Also any version available on Eclipse web site is possible.
Once Eclipse is installed, it is recommanded to setup following parameters:
- Window - Preferences - General - Workspace - Text file encoding -> UTF8
- Window - Preferences - General - Workspace - New text file line delimiter -> Unix
- Window - Preferences - General - Compare/Patch - Ignore white spaces -> Yes
- Window - Preferences - General - Editor - Text editors - Tab delimiter length -> 4
- Window - Preferences - General - Editor - Text editors - Insert spaces for tab -> No
- Window - Preferences - General - Editor - File Association -> Add *.lang associated to "Text Editor"
- Note: You can also disable Windows - Preferences - Java - Editor - Content Assist - Auto Activation
And if PDT is installed (see later):
- Window - Preferences - PHP - Code Style - Formatter - Tab policy -> Tab
- Window - Preferences - PHP - Code Style - Formatter - Default indentation for wrapped line -> 1
- Window - Preferences - PHP - Code Style - Formatter - Default indentation for array initializer -> 0
- Window - Preferences - PHP - Editor - Typing - Uncheck "When Pasting Adjust Indentation" (keeping this option checked create corruption of text files by adding bad end of line characters)
- Window - Preferences - PHP - Code Style - Formatter - Use the profile provided into dev/setup/eclipse/PSR-12 [built-in].xml as Eclipse syntax formatter.
- Note: You can also disable Windows - Preferences - PHP - Editor - Content Assist - Auto Activation
Install plugin Eclipse for PHP: PDT.
If you installed Eclipse version and PDT is not included, all you have to do is using process Help -> Install new software -> Add -> Archive to add module:
http://download.eclipse.org/releases/helios (Eclipse 3.6)
http://download.eclipse.org/releases/indigo (Eclipse 3.7)
Or from Eclipse Juno (4.2) or Eclipse Kepler (4.3) Help=>Install New Sofware =>Work With Kepler => Wait until list display =>General Purpose Tools Check PHP developpement tools (PDT)=>Install
Once installed, you must also setup PDT into Eclipse as explained into chapter Environment_and_development_tools_-_Optionnal_components#From_Eclipse
Setup Eclipse to get sources
Once Eclipse is installed, you can connect to GIT repository to get last development version.
For this see page FAQ Get,update GIT project sources.
Install Pre-commit git hook
You can use git hooks to check the syntax of the file you commit and cancel the commit if something is wrong. If you have phpcs and phpcbf installed, you can also files the files automatically. This is how to:
Go to /dev/setup/git/hooks of your local repository, copy the file pre-commit into a .git/hooks folder of the local git repository and make it executable.
Next, you need to edit pre-commit file in .git/hooks to modify the DIRPHPCS variable to set the path of your phpcs and phpcbf tool (you can keep them empty if tools ara available into your PATH).
Such hooks will work when using on command line but may also work when committing using your common IDE (it has been validated with Eclipse and VSC).
Once installed, the hook will start on your next commit to re-format your code, so your code will always match the coding syntax rules. If everybody enable this hook, everybody will use the same coding syntax rule, so it is highly recommended to enable it if you can.
There are a lot of more components you can install to get more technologies support: Environment and development tools - Optionnal components