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PHPQuickReference is a widget to search, browse and display online PHP documentation. All you have to do is enter the term you want to know about and it will do the rest. The widget provides basic HTML formatting and intelligent hyperlink management. Links recognized as reference topics are automatically browsed by the widget itself. Other links are sent to the default browser.

But there's more: the widget now features autocompletion and hints. The widget suggests you the longest viable prefix for a given input string, and it's even able to suggest all function names that begin for that prefix. It's way easier to understand how it more...

What's New

Version 0.8.1:
  • Autocompletion and keywords hinting.
  • Fixed error in reference parser.
  • Better version checking.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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aglee Member IconComment+6
aglee
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I entered "read" in the search field, hit Return, and got the documentation for hw_root(). So it seems there is some work to do.

I haven't explored the User Notes feature, but it looks like it could be an interesting innovation. Otherwise, I don't see any reason to switch from the excellent PHPfi (search MacUpdate for "php function index"). It is free for non-profit users and cheap for everyone else.

PHPfi is snappier than PHPQuickReference, since it doesn't do any HTTP round trips. It displays a live updating list of matching terms, and it supports substring searches instead of requiring you to enter an exact match for the whole term like PHPQuickReference does. Substring searches are very useful when you don't know the exact spelling of something, or for doing a concept-based search (for example, entering something like "ascii" or "sql" to find matching function names).

I am not affiliated with the author of PHPfi.

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Version 0.6
Aname Member IconReview+17
Aname
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This is wicked fantastic!

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Version 0.6
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Anonymous
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I wish the UI behaved just like apple's dictionary widget. But it's only v.0.1 so... ;)

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Version 0.1b
Funkboy Member IconReview+4
Funkboy
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I agree, very good idea, and the implementation is very smooth so far. Possible improvements (since this is 0.1, after all!) :
- allow scrolling with a mouse's scroll wheel
- resizable (maybe just vertically, or maybe both along the x and y axes)
- user comments would be very nice... maybe make it a check-markable option? or within another pane? (that may be strange looking though)

Good job for a 0.1 though!

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Version 0.1
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Anonymous
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Great little widget - could have used this sooner :) Much better than the other PHP lookups that just launch a search from your browser because it opens up a panel with the function details.

I would like to see the ability to link to the page as well though, since sometimes the user-comments on the PHP site are very handy.

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Version 0.1
Ianweir Member IconComment+19
Ianweir
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This is a great little widget!
Very straightforward, and easy to use.
I actually started coding something similar to this last night, because I really wanted one for my own use.. I must say though, that I was not very successful.
Lucky for me, you have written this awesome little widget. A couple things that could use some tweaking, however.
First, making it resizeable would be a VERY nice feature to have.
Second, I can't look up some functions. ob_start() and mysql_query() tell me there is no response from the server, yet include() and preg_match() do. Is there a reason for this?

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Version 0.1
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Anonymous
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Great Work,
If you could make it resizable it would be awesome!

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Version 0.1
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Downloads 5,662
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Date 09 May 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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