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Brian Tozer

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I note your recent discussion on the implications of using Projects in NetBeans.

However I see that you are using a Project in the new Child Theme series.

Is there a place/need for some comments - perhaps in the next session, on the implications for those of us who follow the series but don't wish to use a NetBeans Project and the need for a local server?

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Sure, I can certainly talk about it.  

Nothing that I am teaching is dependent on using a local server (I won't be) or even dependent on using NetBeans.  I'll be using NetBeans in my coding and thus NB tools but every other code editor and IDE has it's analogous systems.  If you are using Dreamweaver or Textmate or some other tool you'll just use their methods.

There *may* be somethings that I do with NB that you can't do with your favorite tool.  If that's the case just try for its closest analogy or ignore it.  The code itself doesn't care what text editor is used.

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Rick,

I have a related question.  I am a beginner at PHP coding and joined a local PHP Meetup group.  Gone to two meetings.  The leader of the group recommended CakePHP.

 

If you say NetBeans is good enough for any and all of our projects here, then, apparently, Netbeans is all that I need because Tweaking Thesis and creating Thesis Child Themes is my main reason for learning / using PHP. 

 

Is CakePHP geared more toward more complex PHP programming than we will be doing here?

 

I have never used CakePHP and have downloaded NetBeans but haven't started using it.

 

I was wondering if you wouldn't mind comparing the two programs for me?   And if I should just stick with NetBeans and why? 

 

Thanks so much!

 

~ Jupiter Jim  cool

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Netbean and CakePHP are different beasts.  CakePHP is a PHP framework, essentially a system for programming PHP.  It includes an editor but is designed to work within its own framework.  WordPress was not programmed using Cake thus most of the Cake functions won't work in WordPress.

Netbeans is an Integrated Development Environment that is framework agnostic.  You can use Netbeans with a framework, and there are plugins that bring in specific framework support but it doesn't depend on a specific framework.

Cake PHP isn't the right tool for the job.  You can probably do the job with it, but not using it the way it was intended to be used.

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Rick,

 

Thanks so much for this thorough explanation.  I now understand that I don't need to be using CakePHP for what we are doing and for what I am trying to achieve here with Thesis and Thesis Child Themes.

 

I understand why I should just be happy with NetBeans.  

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer this!

 

~ Jupiter Jimbravo

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