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  • Futureweb
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    Dreamweaver Alternative Link to this post

    Ok, so I like dreamweaver (cs5) because:

    > all my sites are listed in a drop down, all set up with ftp servers, - quick to get and put files
    > good code hinting and it highlights errors in php and javascript
    > nicely coloured in easy to read code
    > wysiwyg view is pretty good

    I've tried a few free / open-source systems, but they all seem a wee bit slower and more awkward to do these things. if a job take 10% longer, i basically end up better off paying for dreamweaver. So are almost good but have massive problems

    However, I'm convinced there is a tool out there (or will be soon) that can do everything well.

    What are peoples thoughts here? what software are people using?



  • frankmullenger
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    51 Posts

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    Hi Jon, I've also been considering a new editor. Personally I use Eclipse with PDT - but this can use a bit of resources. There are lots of other options:
    Komodo http://www.activestate.com/komodo-edit
    PHPStorm http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/
    Sublime text 2 http://www.sublimetext.com/2
    Coda 2 http://panic.com/coda/
    Vim even... http://www.littlehart.net/atthekeyboard/2012/05/17/how-the-testing-sausage-gets-made/

    In my case, there are some core features that I can't really do without so I basically wrote those features down and when I try out other editors I try and get those features up and running.

  • swaiba
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    1796 Posts

    Re: Dreamweaver Alternative Link to this post

    netbeans for me (if I'm not using TextPad)
    I mainly use this for debugging and now with a faster machine it is kinda usable as an editor

  • BeagleBen
    Community Member
    3 Posts

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    Sublime text 2 here love it, and textastic on iPad

  • prawnstar
    Community Member
    116 Posts

    Re: Dreamweaver Alternative Link to this post

    If you're on a Mac, you can't beat Coda or BBEdit. Your post sounds like you work mostly on the front end, I would use Coda in that case.


  • TheHacksaw
    Community Member
    2 Posts

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    I can also vouch for Netbeans. Works better on a beefier computer, and you'd need to do some heavy customising to colourise the Silver stripe template file sy tax correctly, but code completion is fab and it also handles version control nicely.

  • DesignerX.com.au
    Community Member
    107 Posts

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    Netbeans & Notepad++ work great .. & they both portable, so all my settings are saved away from the OS ;)

  • novaweb
    Community Member
    115 Posts

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    When I worked at SilverStripe I was introduced to TextMate (macromates.com)

    It's a Mac application, so if you're on PC, bugger.

    It's roughly $30 NZD to buy, well worth the investment if you're serious about productive development. Key features I enjoy include:

    - SilverStripe Bundle, custom SilverStripe functionality built in to TextMate, enabling faster SS Specific development, Templating and Debugging.
    - Go to file (Your entire project is indexed, unlike others I've used in the past)
    - Xcode tools

    Outlined on their website:

    Ability to Search and Replace in a Project
    Auto-Indent for Common Actions Like Pasting Text
    Auto-Pairing of Brackets and Other Characters
    Clipboard History
    Column Selections and Column Typing
    Completion of Words from Current Document
    CSS-like Selectors to Pinpoint the Scope of Actions and Settings
    Declarative Language Grammars for Graceful Mixing and Hacking
    Dynamic Outline for Working With Multiple Files
    Expand Trigger Words to Code Blocks With Tab-able Placeholders
    File Tabs when Working With Projects
    Foldable Code Blocks
    Function Pop-up for Quick Overview and Navigation
    Plug-able Through Your Favorite Scripting Language
    Recordable Macros With No Programming Required
    Regular Expression Search and Replace (grep)
    Run Shell Commands from Within a Document
    Support for Darcs, Perforce, SVK, and Subversion
    Support for More Than 50 Languages
    Switch Between Files in Projects With a Minimum of Key Strokes
    Themable Syntax Highlight Colors
    Visual Bookmarks to Jump Between Places in a File
    Works As External Editor for (s)ftp Programs
    Works Together With Xcode and Can Build Xcode Projects

    I can knock out complete SS websites in under 4 hours now, including design time (low budget, but fully fledged sites nonetheless). This wouldn't be possible without TextMate ;)

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