In a previous post, I wrote about how awesome PHPStorm is in the context of being a front-end developer. In this post, we are going to look at getting the PHPStorm debugger setup to work with Xdebug and then test it to make sure it’s working! In my opinion, one of the most overlooked and underused features of PHPStorm is its debugger. I’ve only just recently started to learn about it and use it. One of the biggest reasons it is underused, even by developers who are already using PHPStorm, is because setting it up can be a confusing process if you’ve never done it before. Despite how it may appear, it’s very simple to setup, and once you do it a time or two, it’s something you can do in just a few short minutes. The PHPStorm debugger will make you never want to use a var_dump() ever again! I currently use Vagrant for my development environment which comes prepackaged with Xdebug. If you’re using something else like MAMP or XAMP, you’ll need to make sure you have Xdebug installed and activated. Configure PHPStorm and Xdebug In order for the PHPStorm debugger to work, it needs to be configured to work with Xdebug. Don’t be alarmed by the
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