Good text editor for ASP?

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  1. advocation macrumors member

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    I've tried Textmate (I use that for php and love it), but it does not have a asp bundle installed with it, and cant get around installing one.. I have also tried textwrangler, but it does not seem to have an asp bundle installed either :(

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Try SkEdit.

    Or Smultron.

    Both have asp syntax highlighting, the later is free (but SkEdit is a really nice app with free upgrades for life, built in FTP and code completion).
     
  3. chameleon macrumors regular

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    Late to the party, but....

    Skedit is good -- in general -- but their ASP syntax highlighting is awful. Not very robust, and nearly worthless.

    FYI...
     
  4. bretticus macrumors newbie

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    Also late to the party but this post comes up first in google. I just downloaded and installed jedit. Make sure you get the ftp plugin. Totally free and good (enough) asp source code highlighting!
     
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    As a side note, Dreamweaver has ASP syntax. If you're a student, the price is decent (around... 100 pounds in the UK).
     
  6. memco macrumors 6502

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    Just in case anyone stumbles in here from Google, Textmate has very good ASP highlighting with the ASP bundle. Also see this thread for a link to the Get Bundle bundle, which lets you browse and install bundles from within Textmate.
     
  7. bretticus macrumors newbie

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    Hold the phone!

    TextWrangler just released 3.0. Built in sftp/ftp client and natively highlights asp/vbscript code and it's free!
     
  8. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    No, there isn't ASP support in there. The other features have been there for a while. Good to see TextWrangler wasn't abandoned though. I use BBEdit these days.
     
  9. bretticus macrumors newbie

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    I never mentioned "support." I said syntax highlighting. Which there clearly IS!!!

    [​IMG]
     
  10. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    What language mode do you have it set for to show the syntax coloring?
     
  11. bretticus macrumors newbie

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    I see no notion of choosing any language mode at all. Like I said, it did highlighting "natively." The manual states:

    The last time I checked this, seems like the syntax highlighting was so so. Also, I don't recall seeing a sftp/ftp connection capability (I suppose that was there already?) anyways, I have tons of legacy ASP code to maintain (unfortunately) and switched to mac a few months ago so I am happy to see this in a free app.
     
  12. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    At the bottom of the app window there's a bar and one of the drop down boxes lets you choose which programming language you're using. (See attachment) It's just curiosity, it may just be taking a best guess, kind of like using the PHP vbCode tags here, which work for more than just PHP.

    I checked on my older TextWrangler (2.3?) and it did have the SFTP/FTP option in the file menu. I don't use that option much as I always test locally before posting something live in case it breaks the site.
     

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  13. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    Coda

    Coda has a 'asp-html' syntax mode, but I don't know .asp so I have no idea how it handles it. They offer a 15 day trial though so give it a whirl. Coda is by far my editor of choice. - Coda Download
     

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  14. bretticus macrumors newbie

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    Ah, got ya! I've never used TextWrangler before much. Don't know how I missed that though.

    It's a file with an asp extension but it's coming up with HTML (which seems consistent with the manual snippet from my previous post.) There must be HTML elements in the page (I merely opened it and looked at the top without scrolling. Fortunately, I don't have to maintain that ASP code much as it's being slowly phased out over time.) It does have VBScript as an option in that list and it also maintains syntax highlighting when I select it.

    I test my PHP but since it's nigh impossible to test legacy ASP on IIS on my Mac, I have gotten used to making backups on the server and testing there (I know how NOT to break the server after all these years! :D )

    I'm sure there are better paid-for options (BBEdit and Coda) but I still prefer free (and so does my employer.)
     

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