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Mona~Lisa
Jun 29, 2006, 06:40 AM
I want to do a bit of HTML and JavaScript, and maybe play around with a bit of CSS. I've got Dreamweaver but I want something simpler just to type bits of code in. On my pc I just use Notepad - can anyone recommend something similar for the Mac? Or just a good programmers editor? I'm a student so really I need a free and downloadable one.

Thanks :)



robbieduncan
Jun 29, 2006, 07:00 AM
If you really want something like notepad then use TextEdit (in /Applications), just change it to plain text, not rich text.

If you want syntax hightlighting etc the XCode is free, although a bit heavy weight to use as a text editor.

BBEdit (http://www.barebones.com/) gets a lot of good press, but is not free.
TextWrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/index.shtml) is made by the same company as BBEdit, but is free...

DavidLeblond
Jun 29, 2006, 07:33 AM
I use TextMate (http://macromates.com/). It's not free, but worth every penny!

oldMac
Jun 29, 2006, 08:06 AM
TextWrangler is the best, free programming editor that I'm aware of for the Mac. Is fairly fast, extrememly stable, has good find/replace capability, syntax coloring, etc. It also has FTP/SFTP support built-in and a bunch of other stuff I never end up using.

If it has a fault, I kind of miss the built-in file system navigation and tabbed windows of Homesite on my PC.

Haoshiro
Jun 29, 2006, 09:09 AM
Smultron is also free and good.

iSee
Jun 29, 2006, 10:53 AM
Again: TextWrangler :) It's the best free text editor I've ever found

weg
Jun 29, 2006, 12:52 PM
I want to do a bit of HTML and JavaScript, and maybe play around with a bit of CSS. I've got Dreamweaver but I want something simpler just to type bits of code in. On my pc I just use Notepad - can anyone recommend something similar for the Mac? Or just a good programmers editor? I'm a student so really I need a free and downloadable one.

Thanks :)

Try Emacs (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/unix_open_source/carbonemacspackage.html). The new versions have a nice user interface, and it's really a powerful editor that has a lot of great features if you're willing to dig around a bit.

Eraserhead
Jun 29, 2006, 02:04 PM
for HTML try Taco Html Edit (http://tacosw.com/main.php), it is far superior to notepad as it does syntax colouring, html validation and can preview your HTML too.

atari1356
Jun 29, 2006, 10:31 PM
I use TextMate (http://macromates.com/). It's not free, but worth every penny!

Yeah... if you're at all serious about doing web design/development save your pennies for TextMate. Code snippets and text folding make me happy. :)