Wanted - How to install a PHP step debugger IDE ?

#1

I am new to PHP but not to programming in general. See my introductory post in the Greetings forum.

I SUCCESSFULLY followed the instructions on www.glump.net/howto/desktop/setup-a-portable-dokuwiki-instance-in-windows (sorry, the forum won’t let me post that as a link yet) and was able to install a working PHP ONLY server (no Apache or MySQL) to run the DokuWiki PHP application. Worked perfectly.

However … I want to be able to add some sort of an IDE that will allow me to single-step through the PHP code line-by-line with variable monitoring so I can see what the code is doing as I experiment with the language. Can anyone help?

PS: If the ONLY viable solution to get such an IDE/debugger setup is to install XAMPP or one of its cousins like Bitnami I will, but for now I would prefer to not be running an active webserver stack on my machine and just focus on PHP as a standalone programming environment.

#2

I’m not sure of your intent.

NetBeans and PHPStorm are good php ide’s

Ref:
http://xdebug.org/
https://netbeans.org/kb/docs/php/debugging.html
http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/webhelp/php-debugging-session.html