Recently I've stumbled on a nice tool that I really quite like, so I thought I'd share it:
Personally, I love the power behind PHP. I find it a very simple to use yet possesses the techniques seen in the more complex desktop applications such as Perl/Python/C/C++/C# etc. PHP has always been restricted to server-side web applications, and unlike the others, cannot run as a desktop application – until now. I would like to share an awesome tool I’ve been using recently…
PHP Nightrain is a cool bit of kit: it fully supports popular frameworks such as Laravel and CakePHP, and will run PHP/HTML/CSS/JS freely on Windows, Mac & Linux.
I would write a pretty little tutorial to show you how to install it (which is btw is incredibly easy), but the Nightrain guys are so good they’ve made platform-specific videos to show you (Windows – Mac). Nightrain comes with PHP 5.5+ built in, and can easily run things like AngularJS and Drupal too (there's a preview on their website). The runtime error reporting is excellent, and shows a really nice breakdown for debugging.
I’ve looked into PHP GTK and things like that, but all have either been abandoned, not cross-platform or aren’t as easy to change between distributions.
The best bit, it’s released under the MIT licence & totally FREE/OPEN SOURCE!
With any luck a few people might have a go and it will be interesting to see what you guys think.