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Configuring the PHP Version of Eclipse 3.5 RC4

Eclipse, WampServer, & Windows

Step 7: Create an alias file for Apache

An alias file allows the Apache web server to map a URL it receives to a physical location anywhere on the disk rather than in the default document root for the server. We will create an alias called workspace that will point to the root of our workspace.

With a text editor create a text file containing:

Alias /workspace "C:/Users/neon/workspacephp/"
<Directory "C:/Users/neon/workspacephp/">
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride NONE
Order Deny,Allow
Allow from all

Save it as workspace.conf to the alias folder in the WampServer installation. On my system I saved the file to c:\wamp\alias

You will need to Restart All Services on the Wamp menu and then on the Wamp menu you should see:

Step 8: Install the dummy.php file for testing the Zend PHP debugger

With your text editor create a file containing:

@ini_set('zend_monitor.enable', 0);
if(@function_exists('output_cache_disable')) {
if(isset($_GET['debugger_connect']) && $_GET['debugger_connect'] == 1) {
if(function_exists('debugger_connect'))  {
} else {
echo "No connector is installed.";

Save it as dummy.php in your Eclipse workspace folder. On my machine that is C:\Users\neon\workspacephp

Step 9: Time to try a php file

Create a new PHP project. Call it FirstPHP and then click on Finish. There is no need to change any settings when creating this first project. I am assuming that you have used Eclipse before.

Select the project in the Project Explorer, right mouse click, and select New PHP file

No need to get fancy, newfile.php is a fine name. Click on Finish. There is an interesting option if you click next concerning templates but you can discover that yourself. The editor now shows:

Replace the text in the editor with the following:

<title>PHP Test</title>
<p>A test of PHP</p>

Now save the file.

In the Project Explorer expand the project to show the file. Right click on the file and select Run As -> PHP Web Page

You should now see a dialog that displays the URL to your file.

The http://localhost/workspace will trigger the alias file so that the project folder FirstPHP is used and the file newfile.php is executed.

If all went well you should see the page in Eclipse:

Congratulations! You can run web pages scripted with PHP.

Step 10: The last step is to test the debugger

To test the debugger we need to create a file of a few lines of PHP. Create a new php file in Eclipse called debugtest.php and copy the following into it:

<title>Debug PHP Test</title>
<p>A test of Debugging in PHP</p>

$one = 1;
$two = 2;
$answer = $one + $two;
echo "The answer is ", $answer;


Run this file as a normal PHP web page as we did for newfile.php to make sure it works.

Now we need to test that the debugger works. Right mouse click on debugtest.php in the Project Explorer and select Run As -> Run Configurations

You should see the Run Configurations dialog. Ensure that debugtest.php is selected and click on Test Debugger

If all has gone well you should see:

Click on OK and then Cancel. We actually do debugging from a different menu item.

Right mouse click on debugtest.php in the Project Explorer and select Debug As -> PHP Web Page.

Accept the request to change perspectives:

You should see:

That's it. Everything works and you are now ready to use Eclipse to write and debug PHP!

A tip of the hat to the following web sites and bloggers who have written about configuring Eclipse for PHP and WampServer:

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