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PHP Tools for Visual Studio is a Visual Studio extension. The PHP Editor colorizes your code according to Visual Studio settings, giving you a better overview in the colors you are used to. The colors respect Visual Studio conventions with support for dark, light and 3rd party themes.
Detect type mismatches, typos, missing function parameters, unknown classes and functions as you type. Code analysis periodically checks your code for various issues and underlines them immediately. This avoids having to handle most of the issues in run-time.
IntelliSense features provide you with smart, context-aware code completions, detailed tool tips and function parameter assistance. The feature contains a complete PHP manual, learns from your code and performs type analysis. Its purpose is to minimize the amount of key presses you have to do.