Good programmers editor?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Mona~Lisa, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. Mona~Lisa macrumors newbie

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    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 :)
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    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 gets a lot of good press, but is not free.
    TextWrangler is made by the same company as BBEdit, but is free...
     
  3. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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  4. oldMac macrumors 6502a

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    TextWrangler

    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.
     
  5. Haoshiro macrumors 68000

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  6. iSee macrumors 68040

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    Again: TextWrangler :) It's the best free text editor I've ever found
     
  7. weg macrumors 6502a

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    Try Emacs. 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.
     
  8. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    for HTML try Taco Html Edit, it is far superior to notepad as it does syntax colouring, html validation and can preview your HTML too.
     
  9. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    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. :)
     

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