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The most efficient web development environment.
Create your web solutions in a fast and innovative way, reducing the development time in up to 80%.

That is how its own official page describes ScriptCase, a Rapid Application Development (RAD) platform written in PHP.

In spite of having some (many) problems, ScriptCase sufficiently fulfills what it’s up to: a tool to create web applications using PHP and JavaScript, integrating multiple different databases (e.g. MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL) in a very fast way and providing utilities like forms, grids, searches, reports, charts, internacionalization, export data to PDF/XLS/CSV, and many other options. Although ScriptCase provides all these benefits, some (not so) small details in its environment are very frustrating.

I used to work with Sublime Text editor and there I could customize it completely and also use plugins for just about everything, from shortcut keys to autocompletes, snippets, FTP, versioning and revision control system, documentation, and the list goes on. But all these facilities are gone in ScriptCase.

The problem

ScriptCase has its own IDE and the code editor is CodeMirror with only search and replace functions. That’s not even the basics:

Solution

Unfortunately there’s no way to integrate ScriptCase with another IDE or external editor, neither change its source code. But here is the solution I found: create a browser extension which, working with ScriptCase’s internal functions, solves some of these problems. And that’s why I created the extension ScriptCase Tools.

ScriptCase Tools

The purpose of ScriptCase Tools is very simple: improve usability of ScriptCase’s development environment adding (and some times removing) functionalities in its IDE.

I created this extension using HTML/CSS/JavaScript, some browser APIs, some of ScriptCase’s internal functions (JavaScript) and localStorage API to store user preferences.

Here is a printscreen showing the available options in ScriptCase Tools v0.2: ScriptCase Tools options

Installing, contributing and more

The easiest way to install ScriptCase Tools is getting the official release available at Chrome Web Store.

Instructions for manual installation or information about the latest releases are available at its official repository. There you can also see all its source code, contribute in development, send suggestions, ask questions, report bugs and get more information.

Contact can also be made through this page or via e-mail to [email protected].