I think the issue is that Jetbrains
PHPStorm has pretty much replaced PDT
I reached out to Dawid directly about a month-and-a-half ago,
but unfortunately I received no response. I get the feeling
the current maintainer is either unable or unwilling to
continue running the project. I hope that I can be proven
wrong and we get the project restarted as-is.
With that said, is there any interest from anyone else in
taking action to see if we can petition to have a new
maintainer for the project, perhaps from among ourselves? I
don't particular want it, I cannot even program in Java, but I
am devoted user of PDT and concerned for its future, and would
love to facilitate a process that kickstarts development
again. Sadly, there are few to no other alternatives that,
like PDT, are truly cross-platform, free-and-open-source,
comprehensive IDEs for PHP web development. VSCodium may have
the chops, but it's not a pleasant experience for me and I
hate being tied to MS.
At a minimum, if the platform can be updated to support up
through 8.2, that'd be a huge step forward. I am willing to
explore sponsoring development in that direction, whether from
myself (can't afford much) or organizing a campaign and even
hiring someone from Upwork or similar, unless someone on the
list wants to take a crack at it first.
So, basically, I'm proposing, if we have a compelling case to
continue development, to petition the Eclipse foundation to
transfer or at least open-up ownership of this project to
someone who can lead it further down.
Alternatively, we can always fork it, but I'd rather exhaust
all options for the original project continue forward before
forking and losing the history we have with this project and
its associated history.
Any thoughts? I hope I'm not the only one.
On 12/2/22 9:17 AM, Alexander McKee
I think the main issue is that
there is only one PDT developer, Dawid, who is
intermittently active. I tried to get involved, there's
still a PR open, but unfortunately it doesn't seem help
I even sponsored Dawid using
GitHub's sponsorship feature for a while.
I don't want to make it about
Dawid, he's clearly done a lot of work on PDT over the
years but he is also evidently not working consistently
on PDT and the product is suffering as a result.
I wish he would work with other
people to help enable more development to take place.
I am using PHPStorm now but I wish
I could use an open source product like PDT.
I'd like to offer to help get some kind of support,
whether financial or otherwise, to the PDT project in
order to get development going again, especially with
regards to PHP 8.2 support, which is just about to be
released. As it stands now, PDT only supports up to 7.4.
Please let me know if there's some way that we can bring
in support from outside, whether through sponsors or
development resources, and if so, how best we can manage
I don't want to pressure the core developers, rather, I
just want to offer support. Sadly, I'm not fluent in Java
so I don't think I can contribute directly, else I would
have long ago.
I hope this garners some support, because I love PDT as a
tool and I would love to keep using it, but there are key
features in the latest versions of PHP (such as the
match construct) that just aren't recognized and
are parsed as errors in PDT currently.
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