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PHP Code Navigator

PHP Code Navigator is yet another PHP Tool available in NuSphere's PHP IDE designed to help the PHP developer to navigate through and explore PHP Code as well as JavaScript, HTML and CSS code. PHP Code Navigator
PHP Code Navigator helps you navigate through PHP code of the current open file. In addition to PHP Code Navigator, there is also NuSphere's PHP Code Explorer, which provides an easy navigation through all of PHP Files in the current Project. HTML code navigator takes care of making HTML code editing a joy! You can learn more about PHP Code Navigator here, for JavaScript please follow this link, for HTML Code Navigator please follow this link and for CSS please follow this link.
In this tutorial you will learn how to use PHP Code Navigator tab in PhpED.

PHP Code Navigator tab

PHP Code Navigator tab provides the powerful ability to view and search functions and classes for any open PHP file. The tab displays a list of PHP classes, functions, constants and variables present in the current file. As you move the cursor through the lines of code, PHP Code Navigator highlights the PHP function or class corresponding to the position of cursor.
For example, the picture below displays PHP Code Navigator:
PHP Code Navigator Highlite

How to use PHP Code Navigator tab

Use the context menu (right-click on the PHP Code Navigator area opens it) to switch between view modes.
PHP Code Naviigator displays tooltips containing function arguments, files and lines where the object is first used.
PHP Code Navigator Object Use

How to perform search in PHP Code Navigator

PHP Code Navigator allows you to search through the contents of the open file to find specific objects (classes, constants, functions and variables).
Type the object name (or part of it) into the search field and click the binocular icon or hit Enter
PHP Code Navigator Search

Double-click on the constant / function / variable /class name in PHP Code Navigator places the cursor on the line containing it (for constants and variables it will be first line, where they appeart). Right-click on the function name brings up the contextual menu with the following options:

  • Go to definition. Select it to open file / to move the cursor to the line containing the selected function.
  • Find next. Jumps to the next object relevant to the search. Active when the search field is not empty.
  • Find previous. Jumps to the previous search result. Active when the search field is not empty.
  • Sort by name. Select it to sort items in the Code Navigator window by name.
  • Sort by definition. Select it to sort items in the Code Navigator window by definition.

Note: PHP files are designated with the extensions specified in the Associations tab.

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