JetBrains has announced PhpStorm 8, the newest version of its IDE for PHP and web development. The update features the "deepest-ever" code understanding and advanced support for remote environments.
Users will find PHP Language Support reworked here with language injections into PHP literals. There is also PHP 5.6 full support as well as source and test directories for PHP, new intentions, and inspections.
As well as formatting, debugging and testing, and type inference improvements, PhpStorm 8 now directly supports two content management systems (CMSs): WordPress and Drupal 8. There is also (in frameworks) Blade template engine support, Behat support, and Remote PHP interpreters support.
This release also inherits many features and improvements recently made to IntelliJ Platform, including multiple carets and selections, working with a single file without creating a project, bundled Scratch plugin, and EditorConfig support.
According to the JetBrains blog, "Language injections into PHP literals have been completely reworked to support complex expressions, including a possibility to substitute dynamic parts with sensible values. This is particularly important for working with SQL queries in your project, and yields a significant productivity boost when writing or testing database queries."
The company also says that with every new version PhpStorm, it becomes more refined in all its subsystems and this time that means the introduction of new intentions and inspections, formatting, type inference, and other major improvements including: type inference based on return type of
ArrayAccess/Iterator, Markdown support in PHPDoc blocks, and understanding of uniform multi-level arrays.