Recommend an editor for HTML/PHP

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by ThatSoundAgain, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I'm looking for an alternative to BBEdit. It's a bit out of my range and too powerful/complex. I used to use TextWrangler, but now it seems they've crippled it. I need to be able to work remotely and with code highlighting for HTML, CSS and PHP.

    I like to get down and dirty with the code and more or less hand-code everything. I don't need WYSIWYG features, but anything that helps code generation, like quick buttons or hotkeys for inserting tags around selected text would be nice.

    Absolutely essential features:

    - several files open in an uncluttered manner (drawer, tabs)
    - code highlighting (html, css, php)
    - line numbers
    - down- and upload via ftp (save to server)
    - intelligent search replace (regex?)

    I've seen shareware editors at around $15-40, which is within my budget. Free is fine as well. Any recommendations?
     
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    jEdit?

    www.jedit.org
    The only alternative to vi :cool:

    No, seriously, jedit or one of its plugins should suit all your needs.
     
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    bobber205

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    TextWrangler. Plain and simple.:cool: :cool:
     
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    SubEthaEdit is what I usually use, though TextWrangler is good too.

    Both are free.
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    I use TextWrangler daily to edit php and (x)html. It has very nice s/ftp capabilities on it's own, and you can open documents from a remote server directly from the file menu. Or you can use it along with Cyberduck (just set TW as editor in the preferences), that's what I normally do, since I have Cyberduck bookmarks to most of the ftp servers I work against, and often need to upload other files, anyway. Both are free. :)
     
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    radiantm3

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    I second textmate. It's the best text editor on the mac (in my personal opinion).
     
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    arf

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    And I'll third it

    Textmate if you can afford it (well worth the money). Otherwise SubEthaEdit which is free for non-commercial use :)
     
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    Coolnat2004

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    Darn, I was going to suggest BBEdit. It's what I use almost exclusively (sometimes I use DW to get a visual on my layout).

    The grep in the Find & Replace dialog has saved me many times before. Most of the other features I don't bother with.
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    BBEdit is very nice, but too expencive for most users, and when Barebones has made TextWrangler free (which earlier was their cheap option between BBEdit and BBEdit lite) then you should really need those extra features in BBEdit to justify spanding all that money. TextWrangler has just gotten too good for me to even consider BBEdit at the moment... ;)
     
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    bobber205

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    Your comment and others like it make me wonder what BBEdit's businesses strategy for making Text Wrangler free was...:confused:
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Well, if I had the money or was working for a (big) company that had, and spend 40+ hours a week making websites (and not just ~10 tuning different sites ;)) then I would probably get BBEdit for all those extra features (even if you have to scroll way down to find the first differences ;)), because over time it might pay off... :)

    But as a (poor) freelancer, I just cannot justify spending $199 (or even the $99 crossgrade offer given to registered TextWrangler users) for BBEdit...

    PS! You might want to maybe make your sig a bit shorter, there's a 6 line limit... ;)
     

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