This isn’t post for ordinary people, so if you do not know what is virtual host or how to set it up please skip this article and don’t waste your time.
But if you wish to save your time you will use some of this tools.
I don’t want to insult anybody (especially my working coleagues) but as web developer you MUST work on Windows platform, sorry.
Or you can use your favorite linux distro and waste your time on terminal installing, configuring and playing with your time.
Find a web developer on any linux or MacOS which will do certain assignments/tasks faster than I can and I will give you my monthly wage 😀
For example, how much time you will spend to create virtual host on local machine with https ?
-first thing: Internet Explorer and IE tester,
-second thing: you can choose which software you will use and for some of them you just don’t have replacement on other platforms.
I was jumping around from many IDEs and latest NetBeans has some cool features like integration with Zend Tool for creating Zend projects which will spare your time a lot if you know what you are doing, but you cannot compare 2 different folders or complete Magento projects (only 2 files) and you don’t have Eclipse’s “Link with Editor” which will open exact file in the project tree you have searched among 10000 Magento’s files.
No matter what, Eclipse is the “One Ring To Rule Them All”. Its boring and ugly but with few little tweaks..dude it works. Alt+Space and you are code generator.
Other software I use is WinScp for SFTP/FTP because you can connect on remote server trough SSH tunnel and you can add any custom command you need to execute on remote server.
For MySQL I use Webyog community edition.
In title of this article I have mentioned guys from Devside and software they have developed and I must admit that they did a hell of a job, after all that’s the main theme of this article.
New edition is WampDeveloper (not WampServer, it’s for noobs) former WebDevelopmentSuite.
With few clicks you have working environment, everything is on one place and you don’t need to install each (MySQL, PHP or phpmyadmin) software separated. No need to modify virtual host configuration file or adding virtual hosts in hosts file.
Before WampDeveloper I used ZendServer but no matter which version I have used you had to modify apache’s or php’s configuration files to install Magento on local environment.
With WampDeveloper no needs for this additional actions.
Install WampDeveloper, create https virtual host with one click, unpack Magento and go.
This is trial version (Release Type: Public Beta) I have tested but 125.95$ is not much for this powerful tool.
Community edition is coming and you don’t have to pay anything!
Here are few screenshots:
Try it and you’ll love it.