When comparing Geany vs PHP Development Tools, the Slant community recommends PHP Development Tools for most people. In the question“What are the best PHP IDEs?” PHP Development Tools is ranked 6th while Geany is ranked 10th. The most important reason people chose PHP Development Tools is:
Eclipse has a huge community developing plugins that can then be found on the [marketplace](http://marketplace.eclipse.org/).
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Pro Light and fast
Geany is very lightweight thanks to the smaller offering of features.
Pro Simple project management
Pro Built-in plugin manager
Geany has a built-in plugin manager which can be used to install plugins and add new powerful features to the editor.
Pro Quick search on large files
In Geany you technically search once for a whole search query, unlike Gedit, where once you start typing, the file is searched for in accordance with each substring of what you're typing, all the while leading to terribly annoying lag.
Pro Build in terminal
Press F5 and code will run without the need to switch between windows.
Pro Access to a wide variety of Eclipse plugins
Eclipse has a huge community developing plugins that can then be found on the marketplace.
Pro A plethora of configuration options
Each component of Eclipse can be configured separately offering fine grained control.
Pro Free, cross-platform
PDT is available for free on Windows, OSX and Linux.
Pro Modular architecture offers flexibility in setup
Since Eclipse is highly modular by design, relying heavily on plugins for functionality it can be set up so that it includes only the necessary functionality and nothing else.
Con Not many third-party plugins
Geany is not as popular as some other text editors with plugin support. As such it's understandable that it's missing lots of powerful plugins available in other editors.
Con Not very advanced
Similar to Notepad or Gedit.
Con Configuring Eclipse is time-consuming
Setting up Eclipse can be difficult. Each section and each plugin of Eclipse has its own preferences that together add up to lots of tweaking.