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Dreamweaver Alternative

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Community Member, 244 Posts

30 May 2012 at 3:06pm

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?




Forum Moderator, 53 Posts

30 May 2012 at 4:27pm

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:
Sublime text 2
Coda 2
Vim even...

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.


Forum Moderator, 1899 Posts

30 May 2012 at 10:40pm

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


Community Member, 3 Posts

31 May 2012 at 1:27am

Sublime text 2 here love it, and textastic on iPad


Community Member, 130 Posts

31 May 2012 at 4:24am

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.



Community Member, 2 Posts

31 May 2012 at 11:35am

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.


Community Member, 107 Posts

7 June 2012 at 4:21pm

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


Community Member, 116 Posts

8 June 2012 at 3:47pm

When I worked at SilverStripe I was introduced to TextMate (

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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