Published on 2013-10-23 by John Collins. Please follow me on Twitter for more:
I use Sublime Text 21 at home and at work, but recently my colleagues at work have been trying to convince me to go back to using an IDE in the form of PhpStorm from JetBrains. With the recent release of PhpStorm 72, I thought this was a good opportunity to grab a trail version and give it a go.
Unfortunately however in their requirements section under Linux, they state the following3:
Oracle (Sun) JDK 1.6 or higher. Open JDK is not supported.
Bummer. I can think of at least two reasons why I try to avoid installing the Oracle JDK on my own machines:
Being curious, I tried to run it under the Open JDK regardless, and can confirm that it does appear to work on Fedora 19 using the Open JDK, but it is slow on my machine (i7 with 8GB of RAM and an SSD). In fairness though it does make it clear with this warning message when you run it that this is to be expected:
"./phpstorm.sh WARNING: You are launching the IDE using OpenJDK Java runtime. ITS KNOWN TO HAVE PERFORMANCE AND GRAPHICS ISSUES! SWITCH TO THE ORACLE(SUN) JDK BEFORE REPORTING PROBLEMS! NOTE: If you have both Oracle (Sun) JDK and OpenJDK installed please validate either WEBIDE_JDK, JDK_HOME, or JAVA_HOME environment variable points to valid Oracle (Sun) JDK installation. See http://ow.ly/6TuKQ for more info on switching default JDK."
So yeah, I guess they weren't kidding in their list of requirements. Oracle JDK or suffer a degraded performance. I'll pass for now as I am pretty happy with Sublime Text, but I am hearing a lot of praise for PhpStorm.