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Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development by Chuck Lanham, James Kennard

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Development tools

There are numerous development tools available that we can use to develop Joomla! extensions. Most of these tools are not specific to Joomla!-like code and image editors or version control systems. Many can be found on the Joomla! extension directory at http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/tools/development-tools.

When choosing an editor for modifying PHP source files, we recognize that it is important to ensure that the editor supports UTF-8 character encoding. Integrated Development Environments (IDE) such as the open source Eclipse and the commercial Adobe Dreamweaver are two of the more popular.

Open source image editors such as Gimp and Inkscape along with commercial products such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks ...

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