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This is a general guide for using SpaceVim as a PHP IDE, including layer configuration and usage. Each of the following sections will be covered:

Enable language layer

To add PHP language support in SpaceVim, you need to enable the lang#php layer. Press SPC f v d to open SpaceVim configuration file, and add the following snippet:

[[layers]]
  name = "lang#php"

For more info, you can read the lang#php layer documentation.

Code completion

lang#php layer will load the PHP plugin automatically, unless it’s overriden in your init.toml. The completion menu will be opened as you type.

phpide

Syntax linting

The checkers layer is enabled by default. This layer provides asynchronous syntax linting via neomake. It will run psalm asynchronously.

To install psalm, you may need to run:

composer require --dev vimeo/psalm

Jump to test file

To manage the alternate file for a project, you may need to create a .project_alt.json file in the root of your project.

for exmaple, add following content into the .project_alt.json file:

{
  "src/*.php": {"alternate": "test/{}.php"},
  "test/*.php": {"alternate": "src/{}.php"}
}

with this configuration, you can jump between the source code and test file via command :A

running code

To run current script, you can press SPC l r, and a split window will be openen, the output of the script will be shown in this window. It is running asynchronously, and will not block your Vim.

phpcoderunner

Code formatting

The format layer is also enabled by default. With this layer you can use key binding SPC b f to format current buffer. Before using this feature, please install php_beautifier:

pear install PHP_Beautifier

REPL support

Start a php -a inferior REPL process with SPC l s i. After the REPL process being started, you can send code to inferior process. All key bindings prefix with SPC l s, including sending line, sending selection or even send whole buffer.

phprepl

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