Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Web Developer IDE's

Like a very large percentage of the worlds web developers I've been using Dreamweaver as my main Developer IDE for many years. Recently I've started to do some of my web development in Eclipse due to some handy Javascript and PHP plugins. But I still go back to Dreamweaver for CSS and FTP ( there is a plugin for enabling FTP in Eclipse but it needs more time and patience than I have to install all the dependancies). Really I'd prefer to have one application open rather than two so I'm always on the look out for alternative. Consequently, my radar went up when I saw a post comparing Komoda Vs Coda. I'd never heard of either so I started hunting around :

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just switched to coda from flexbuilder (running cfeclipse) since it now has some cfm support. I still use the eclipse based flexbuilder for more advanced cfm work but generally I have switched to coda and frickin LOVE it!!

geekglue said...

Thanks anonymous,

I think I will have to install Coda just to check that your enthusiasm is warranted.

Stas said...

see also Codelobster - Free IDE with support Dripal and Smarty
http://www.codelobster.com

geekglue said...

Thanks Stas,

Codelobster definitely worth a look. The Drupal plugin looks very promising.

Jason L. West, Sr said...

I highly suggest looking at the new NetBeans 6.5 IDE. I have switched to this for my development for just about all my development needs. But when it comes to applications that have heavy JavaScript development I code in Aptana (Eclipse Based IDE).

geekglue said...

Thanks for the comment Jason. After writing this post a colleague introduced me to NetBeans. I haven't been using it for long and hence didn't feel ready to post a detailed review. It definitely has some very useful features for PHP based web development. The FTP lets it down a bit if you actually want to remove files from the server. But at the moment I intend to keep using it.