The KDevelop team is proud to announce the seventh beta of KDevelop4. At the same time we're a bit sad as this beta also marks our drop-out of the KDE SC 4.4 release cycle. We feel that we didn't manage to get the needed features for the 4.4.0 release working properly and that we'll need a longer freeze period than what is available in the release cycle. We're now concentrating on getting the existing features shaped up and ready for release as well as fixing as many of the bugs as we can. No new features will be introduced into KDevelop anymore until the first release, which is currently aimed at end of March.
This beta mainly brings stability improvements (see the list of fixed bugs) over the last one and a much improved session management allowing you to easily switch between different kinds of projects. This is already used by the developers working on the PHP plugin so they can switch between working on the plugin and doing their actual PHP work.
This leads us to the PHP and PHP documentation plugins, which again are accompanying this KDevelop4 beta. The second beta of kdevelop-php and kdevelop-phpdocs is also a mostly an incremental improvement over the first beta. Apart from fixing various bugs, the parsing performance for PHP files got greatly improved, making parsing big files like the internal one for php functions a lot faster.
You can find the source packages on the KDE mirrors and there are instructions for compiling. You can also check out a comparison of the KDE 3 and KDE 4 versions of KDevelop.
Please make sure the md5sum of the downloaded source packages match the following list as there was a last-minute update on the kdevplatform tarball: