I’ve been doing some PHP development recently and at one point decided to use one set of code as a template for another. I thought I had everything correct on the second version of code but somehow the output just didn’t look right. After double checking the details of my code I felt stumped… I knew the next thing to do was manually compare every single line of code from the first document side by side to the second one but this meant reviewing 482 lines of code… which isn’t a lot of fun.
I use Dreamweaver when I code by hand since it is also my ftp client and conveniently organizes my files. So I began searching online for some sort of differencing plugin or feature for Dreamweaver but came up short (let me know if there is one out there). Eventually after a bit of searching I found a stand alone free code differencing tool at http://www.quickdiff.com/ that works great.
- Go to http://www.quickdiff.com/
- Past your first code in the left window and your second code in the right window
- Click the Compare button then review the output for differences in the code