PhpStorm IDE & Xdebug

Since getting to grips with PhpStorm my productivity has increased again, the main reason for this is the Xdebug support. I’m not sure how I’ve been managing up until now, there’s no way I could turn back. If you’ve not used Xdebug before, it saves you having to var_dump() or print_r() and exit() at the point you’re trying to analyse (and keep refreshing to see if you’ve fixed it). – All you need to do is click the gutter to add a breakpoint and next time you access your site in a browser (with the Xdebug extension installed) PHPStorm & Xdebug will pause the application right there and let you see what’s in all the variables.