While KDevelop4 just will have it's Beta6 release soon and is usable for daily work, Quanta4 is unfortunately not.
Well, no problem, you might think - just use Quanta3. But for many people it's not:
- Kde3 packages are considered as legacy by distributions and will be dropped sooner or later
- some distributions don't ship all packages needed for a full featured Quanta3 (eg missing kio-slaves - no fish://)
- a Kde3 application doesn't integrate that well - it's more like a Gtk application in a Kde4 session
Let's look ahead to the future of Quanta4:
As it's more or less a rewrite and not just porting the old code we have a lot of work to do. The major Quanta3 contributors Andras and Eric don't contribute anymore, so development is more or less on hold. But wait - Quanta4 is based on the same kdevplatform as KDevelop4 - right? That means any KDevelop4 plugin is a Quanta4 plugin. And a lot happed for those KDevelop4 plugins:
- php language support (that one really rocks)
- php documentation (very useful)
- script executor (execute scripts within KDevelop; needed for debugger)
- browser executor (open external browser; needed for debugger)
- xdebug debugger support (upcoming plugin for debugging php)
If you use Quanta3 for php development, give KDevelop4 a try! The first beta release will get released together with KDevelop4 Beta6 the next days.