PHP for Visual Studio This is something for all you .NET developers who have a WordPress blog which is in PHP and some time you need to do some PHP work (Like me). Or if you just want to work with PHP on your Visual Studio 2008/2005. jcxsoftware have developed such a Visual Studio Plugin.

It supports PHP4 and PHP5, you will also get Syntax highlighting and Intelisense for the following:

  • PHP
  • Smarty
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • XML
  • XSLT

PHP Intelisense in Visual Studio

You will be able to Debug PHP, JavaScript and .NET all together!!!

After you install it all you have to do is select the appropriate project from the list, as if you were starting to work on a regular .NET application.


When you want to run your application and test it VS 2008/2005 will run a light weight apache server ( similar to the ASP.NET debugging) so you can test you application.

Download the PHP for Visual Studio 2008/2005 from here You get a free 30 day trial, so check it out.


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8 Responses to “Developing PHP On Your Visual Studio 2008/2005”

  1. andhapp

    Said on September 17, 2008 :

    TBH why would anyone wana use b something as bloated as Visual Studio to do PHP… it does not make sense to me.

  2. Amit

    Said on September 17, 2008 :

    I think that for those who are used to the IDE of Visual Studio and are just starting with PHP it is a great help.

  3. Barrie

    Said on November 27, 2008 :

    I have looked at the script.,

  4. George

    Said on January 3, 2009 :

    This hardly inspires confidence…

    I tried to download it and…

    Unable to connect to database server
    If you still have to install Drupal, proceed to the installation page.

    If you have already finished installing Drupal, this either means that the username and password information in your settings.php file is incorrect or that we can’t connect to the MySQL database server. This could mean your hosting provider’s database server is down.

    The MySQL error was: Can’t create a new thread (errno 11); if you are not out of available memory, you can consult the manual for a possible OS-dependent bug.

    Currently, the username is root and the database server is localhost.

    Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
    Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
    Are you sure that the database server is running?
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  5. Seb

    Said on December 24, 2009 :

    To be honest, as a .net dev i got used to VS. Started doing php for a personal project with eclipse, and I have to say, VS owns eclipse. auto complete is much faster, html, css and javascript, although still quite poor in VS, is much nicer to read than in eclipse… With good auto complete in VS for php, I find it much better than eclipse.

  6. Ramiz Toma

    Said on July 13, 2010 :

    My website is not done. I’m php guy, i love using php but i got to the problem that php is not supported by visual web dev 2008 express edition so i found this thx

  7. shimyon

    Said on July 26, 2010 :

    i want download but server can’t connect.

  8. Millon

    Said on August 30, 2010 :

    How to add PHP in visual Studio

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