Leaving Dreamweaver what editor is best

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by rjweb, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. rjweb macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2014
    Trying to find what would be the best text editor to replace dreamweaver, don't like the subscription deal, I code web sites, html css, js, php. Thx for your help
  2. kmaute macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2008
    Panic's Coda or SublimeText is what I use. I really try to start projects in Coda but I can't beat the flexibility of ST. I really like deploying with Beanstalk as well - not having to constantly use a ftp client is great.

    Good luck.
  3. morespce54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2004
    Around the World
    People here seems to like Coda, SublimeText, Espresso, Textmate and TextWrangler (for the hand-coders). Personally, I use Coda and Sublime Text. Coda is great (even if I mostly use the code pane and not really the WYSIWYG side of it). You should take a look at those options and see the pros and cons of each.
  4. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Coda2 is my professional daily driver for web applications.
  5. smetvid macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2009
    Brackets is my new tool of choice. It is open source and built with javascript with a large community of developers enhancing the program with extensions. It is a true modular coding application where "you" get to choose which features it has.

    Just downloading it vanilla and judging it, like so many do, is not a true representation of what Brackets can really do. Most of the core functionality people say Brackets is missing already has extensions available. If there isn't an extension created create your own and share it with the community.

    Brackets has real javascript debugging and integrates perfecvtly with Chrome for realtime HTML and CSS development. (no more hitting f5 for Dreamweaver users) Chrome will update the content of the page as you type it in Brackets.

    I have just built a cross platform mobile app for the company I work for. It was 100% developed in Brackets and I never once felt it was lacking and in fact made the process so much better. hint: the Ripple Chrome extension is amazing when used with Brackets. It allows me to turn Chrome into a mobile device simulator to develop CSS styles.

    Only thing currently a little lacking in Brackets is PHP support. There are a few extensions that really improve on this lack of support but it still isn't the best PHP solution. PHP Storm is currently better. Brackets however is getting better and there is now a movement in the Brackets community to enhance its functionality for PHP developers. I can almost do everything in Brackets with PHP including connecting to a local server but the formatting is a little funky.
  6. jeremysteele macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2011
    PhpStorm is by far and away the best editor I've found so far. Does php, html, css, js, etc.

    Allows you to customize just about anything - and has an amazing syntax engine builtin to make managing my huge codebases a breeze. License is cross-platform as well, which is nice for people like me who use various systems.

    Only thing I hate is its default options are absolutely lame. Uses spaces (instead of tabs), doesn't show line numbers by default, and on windows it defaults to windows newlines instead of os x/linux. All easily changed in the settings, but lame nonetheless.
  7. Webguy2014 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2014
    I been using Komodo IDE (http://komodoide.com/) for HTML, CSS, Python, django, PHP, and the price isnt bad either.
  8. rjweb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2014
    Thx for all the info, I have dl brackets, but the preference tab is greyed out. i cannot make any preference adjustments that I want. Any ideas of what I am doing wrong, Thx RJ
  9. iPaintCode macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2012
    Metro Detroit
    There is no best editor or IDE, it's an extremely subjective topic and you really have to test them all to find out which one works best for you.

    First you want to ask yourself: do you want an editor or IDE. IDE's tend to be slow and/or clunky since most are Java based under the hood, like Webstorm/Phpstorm ect... but do a lot of low level task like refactoring with ease and so one. Where as an editor will be fast, lighter more nimble, something like SublimeText, TextMate 2 alpha, Atom(GitHub's take, inspired by Sublime).

    If you decide on Coda 2, I have converted a lot of popular themes:

    Coda 2 Themes.

    FWIW I exclusively use Sublime but that's due to years of workflow from TextMate and SublimeText 2 (now 3).

    Best of luck finding the right tool for you.
  10. Flood123 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2009
    Living Stateside
    I will echo the comments made by others. SublimeText is what I use. I Like coda 2 very much as well.
  11. rjweb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2014

    thx for your info and also the themes, now after I dl how do I go about installing them, thx again RJ
  12. Flood123 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2009
    Living Stateside
    In the read me doc:
    Double click the .sss theme you wish to install, within Preferences select the Color tab (It will be selected if you just double clicked .sss). Use the Style Sheet dropdown to select the new theme just installed. To add more you can repeat the process. Like to install entire collection? Select all .sss files and double click or press cmd + o. BOOM!"
  13. rjweb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2014
  14. rendyr macrumors member


    Aug 26, 2010
    Personally, I'm in love with PHP Storm. I love the code hinting, auto completion, and various small feature that can speed up developing the website (I mainly use PHP, but I believe it also support HTML, Java, CSS, etc)

    IMO, PHP storm is quite heavy and can be slow sometimes (on my old 2008 MB Aluminium). It also cannot open a single file for quick edit. I use Sublime Text for that purpose.
  15. tadasZ macrumors newbie


    Aug 5, 2014
    Sublime Text - blazingly fast, keyboard shortcuts from heaven, lots of plugins.
    PhpStorm - IDE for php/js development.
    WebStorm - IDE for html/js development.

    I love SublimeText, but *Storm as IDE is just simply amazing. But if you're using Dreamweaver then I think even TextEdit is better ;) If you're going to use Sublime Text i'd suggest starting from v3 (even if its still in beta). Don't forget that first few days after switching main editor are a little awkward but again if you're using Dreamweaver then its worth it.
  16. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Netbeans is also worth a look - probably the closest you'll get to PHPStorm for free.

    You can get instant preview, live CSS editing, JavaScript debugging etc. if you pair it with Chrome and install the NetBeans connector.

    Like all the Java-based, crossplatform, IDEs it can be a bit of a hog, though.
  17. andrep macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2014
    Flux V is worth a look, the previous versions weren't that hot, but it's improved a lot, one downside is that it's Mavericks/Yosemite only, so you need a modern OS.

    Sandvox is nice, but probably a little limited for your needs.
  18. pitechindore macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2014
    Best Editor

    In my opinion you should use Sublime Text, the reason behind saying sublime text is that it is very reliable and a powerful text editor as per my experience.
  19. nomby macrumors newbie


    Aug 17, 2014
    Brackets + emmet plugin is what I use everyday. Identical to Sublime and its free
  20. Jamesbot macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2009
    I've been using vim for years and I can't imagine switching to anything else.

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