Software for Web Site Development

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by michaelsviews, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    Besides the following:

    Rapidweaver, Dreamweaver, and iWeb and BBEDIT are there any standout but not over priced packages for web development on the Mac Platform?

    Any and All recommendations appreciated ;)

    Also Coda by Panic, opinions and such
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Well, Komposer isn't that shabby. Based on the Nvu and Netscape Composer code base. Does WYSIWYG web development and lets you hand code. Has some small pitfalls in my opinion, but depends on what you need/want from an editor.
     
  3. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Coda is incredible it works fantastic much easier than anything I've ever used Love it highly recommended.
     
  4. Fisheke macrumors member

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    I'm personally quite a fan of Smultron..
    It's nothing fancy: no WYSIWYG, no code suggestion..

    But it does have very good syntax highlighting, and customizable "snippets", very lightweigt and even pleasant to look at :).
     
  5. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    QFT. I bought it a few days ago :)
     
  6. HiRez macrumors 603

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    In Coda, can you have files within a single project reside on different servers? That's a problem I'm facing now. Using TextMate but it doesn't do FTP. Or, can you have all your files reside on a central repository (svn) and then have Coda automatically FTP certain files to certain places when they change?

    Basically I have a project where one machine is a Django+Python server which has Python code files and HTML template files, then another web-hosted box where I keep all the static media (images, javascript, CSS), and then I want to be able to code from a third box (which could be multiple machines). What's an easy way to do this and keep everything safe and in sync?
     
  7. tominated macrumors 68000

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    Textmate in conjunction with cssedit is awesome
     
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  9. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    What kind of site are you building? No one can pick a tool until they know it's use. The "best" tool is always the one that fits the job.

    The place I used to work at was a big proponent of BEA's WebLogic. They were able to put together a major e-commerce site quickly. Dreamweaver and photoshop were used for most of the "skin".

    Weblogic is certainly NOT cheap but Jboss from Redhat is free (maybe, it depends.)

    You really do have to define the problem before you can get into tools
     
  10. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    vote for textmate,
    love that program. no nonsense text. built a couple web sites in php in it and a learning ruby on rails right now/building a ruby on rails site.
     
  11. Stitzu macrumors member

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    My vote goes to Coda. I haven't had a chance to really play around with it much yet but I've been told by many people that it works great :D
     
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  14. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Ok, So if your doing all around coding Coda is incredible it's work flow is so easy and smooth as a hot knife through butter. The managing of sites it really intuitive and quick. I like it a lot more than dreamweaver. Mind you though dreamweaver is more wysiwyg.
     
  15. vijay mohan macrumors newbie

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    I will highly recommend for CODA. i also would like to tell u the reason between that coda is a shareware webdevelopment application for MAC OS X,developed by panic,It has also won the 2007 Apple design award for the best experience.
     
  16. beadlam macrumors newbie

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    Coda

    I've read very good things about Code both here and at other sites. I've been using FrontPage for years, and am not especially adept at coding - prefer WISIWIG. Am I right in understanding that Coda may not be the program for me? Darn!
     
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  18. redlion macrumors newbie

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    CSSEdit is the obvious choice for taking care of CSS and Cyberduck for FTP.

    In-regards to a text editor there are just too many to choose from. Smultron, skEdit and TextMate seem to be highly regarded. The problem I have is choosing which one gets my full-time attention for (x)html, css, javascript and php development. Any help or opinions on the mentioned programs are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  19. michaelsviews thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I am in the same boat as you, Dreamweaver is still a favorite of mine, but the cost is seriously over inflated IMHO. Coda does not seem bad, allot of people use this, large organizations also.
     
  20. redlion macrumors newbie

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    Hey michaelsviews your point on Dreamweaver being expensive is totally valid. I think/find Dreamweaver just overcomplicates things and thus am trying to find the perfect text editor.

    Have you tried out Coda yourself? If so, what do you think of it?

    I like Smultron, skEdit and TextMate but for totally different reasons. I just need to pick one and stick with it. Easier said than done!

    The search continues :eek:
     
  21. tominated macrumors 68000

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    I have been converted. bought coda with the macworld coupon and I love it. I still use cssedit and a little bit of textmate, but coda cleans the whole workspace up. The only problem I have with coda is that the is no way you can change the way that your css is set out unless you do it manually (I set mine out horizontally now, it's easier to read)
     
  22. jhande macrumors 6502

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    I agree, with one twist: I'd love to be able to call Textmate from Coda. However, even with the compromise text editor in Coda, the entire package is pretty much a perfect IDE for web development.

    Oh, yeah -- one little niggle: The books included with Coda should be local. If you work offline like I often do (test on local environment, then deploy), then it's a bit irritating to have to go online to look something up.
     
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