Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quanta4 xdebug plugin

Hi Planet,

first, a short introduction: My name is Niko Sams, I'm from Austria. I have contributed to KDE for a while and ever since I planned blogging about - so here I am.

As a web developer and KDE user I need a good IDE. I use the great Quanta3 for years now, but it's dead now. So I started contributing to Quanta4 - well indirectly though various kdevelop plugins - those all will be used by Quanta4.
Yes - Quanta4 is not dead - we just need time (and developers).

What I've been working on recently is a XDebug (php debugger) plugin.

I started on this quite some time ago by creating a generic debugger infrastructure for kdevplatform - and port the kdevelop gdb plugin to that. In kdevelop3 every debugger plugin had it's own set of toolbars, views and everything - you can imagine how this looks like when you have 3 debuggers installed :D

For kdevplatform the common actions and views are now shared across debuggers.

Another important part was the new launch framework apaku introduced, with that we can have one Run » Launch Debug action that works for all debuggers. (Perhaps someone remembers the "Debug - Not yet working" action we had at the time of our latest KDevelop hack sprint)

You can follow the development here:

(for now only debugging local cli php scripts is supported)


  1. Great, keep up the good work!

  2. That is one hell of a cool announcement, just told my colleagues that this feature will end up in kdevplatform. Keep up the nice work!!

  3. Great news...but when we will see a stable version? I wait from a long time...

  4. @gp: for a stable quanta we still have a long way ahead of us.

  5. Great news... maybe ill give Quanta a second try sometime. Currently I use ZendStudio (but the 5.x-Series) for writing PHP-Code. And the Debugger Feature is a important part for me.

    Greetings from Styria :)

  6. Hey, Great to hear progress is still going on. I'd offer my help but as a beginner hacker It wouldn't be helpful to you. >.>

    So the best I can do is wish you good luck and look forward to your work. :)


  7. I'm really happy to read this. :)

  8. love to see a web browser support too.
    for this very useful feature :-)

  9. Hi have there been any updates on this for kdevelop 4?

  10. @winmutt:
    the code has been imported into the quanta repository.

    But I think not a lot happened there to it.

  11. @Niko

    Any chance this can get updated for Kdevelop? I really hate the idea of using eclipse :D

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