Setting up Aptana Studio to work with CakePHP

I’ve been using Aptana Studio (based on Eclipse) on my Mac for over a year. It has become my default development IDE. When I first installed CakePHP, I could not understand why I was receiving errors when viewing test files in the browser. I eventually figured out that the problem was the location of my Cake files.

The important thing to remember is that the CakePHP files must exist on the root level of your web server – it can’t be located in a sub directory. Most of my projects are located under my ‘Aptana Studio’ workspace (a sub directory located on the root of my web server). So I assumed that I could do the same with CakePHP – although the documentation specifically says to place the files directly under root (at times it helps to follow the directions).

The problem is that I often work on multiple projects at a time so if I placed the Cake files outside my primary workspace, I would have to continually switch in and out of workspaces. But I found out that Aptana Studio (or eclipse) can be easily set up to work with CakePHP.

  1. Create a folder under root. Name it cake (can be named anything).
  2. Download CakePHP from here and unzip. Place the unzipped files in the cake folder.
  3. Start a new project in Aptana Studio (File->New->Project).
  4. Select PHP Project as a type and click next.
  5. On the next screen, name your project then uncheck Use Default Location
  6. Browse to the cake folder that you created (and select).
  7. Select this folder and then click finish.

That’s it. You should now be able to see your CakePHP files in your current workspace.

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