Web development on mac

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by SRossi, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. SRossi macrumors regular

    May 27, 2009
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Hey all,

    I've just started some web development in visual studio using asp.net :(, in university. Although I am not going to take web development much further than a general hobby just now, I would like to do it on the mac instead of a PC.

    What I was wondering is what people think is easier to develop web apps with, asp.net or using iWeb or a text edit html application, or is there any other application like visual studio for the mac?

    I've finished with asp.net just now so would like to start with iWeb but just want to hear people opinion in which way is better.


  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    If you're coming from .Net, you'll be disappointed with iWeb. There's some IDE type web development environments. Dreamweaver (somewhat), Aptana, and Komodo Edit. I personally just use a text editor, BBEdit. There's also TextMate, TextWrangler (free version of BBEdit), Smultron, Coda, RadpidWeaver, etc. See the stickies for more ideas.
  3. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
  4. adrian.oconnor macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Nottingham, England
    If you specifically want to develop ASP.NET applications, you would be crazy to not use Visual Studio, because that's exactly what you'll be using if you make it a career. I write code in Visual Studio using VMWare Fusion on my Mac. That also allows me to run SQL Server and Oracle.

    Alternatively, if you're simply interested in web development and aren't really attached to any particular platform, I'd suggest giving Ruby on Rails a whirl. It's included with your Mac, it's easy to get running, and the best programming book ever written (IMHO) is "Agile Web Development for Ruby on Rails". The excellent and free NetBeans IDE includes a good Ruby on Rails plugin, but TextMate is the de-facto standard for Mac.
  5. SRossi thread starter macrumors regular

    May 27, 2009
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Thanks downloaded mono and its basically visual studio on the mac brilliant :)

    Might look into that because I do have to admit that Visual Studio 10 is quite good, its a lot faster than past editions. And I it has all the features because I have noticed that some features have been lost in mono, like the security, which I find a brilliant part of vs.

    I will also have a look at ruby on rails, I had heard about it previously but never actually but never thought of learning it, thanks.

    Thanks people so far,

  6. alexk82 macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2009
    East Coast
    best tools for the job

    I agree with adrian. You have to use the best tools for the job, its better than trying to fumble your way around.
  7. X1Lightning macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007
    Eclipse is a great cross platform editor, i use it and dreamweaver for development on my mac
  8. elitesouth macrumors member


    Nov 24, 2009
    Savannah GA
    Any and all web development I do is done on a Mac using:

    Coda ($99)

    KomodoEdit (Free)

    No WYSIWYG, all code, with syntax highlighting sprinkled in for good measure.

    If these don't work for you, grab VMware Fusion 3 for $79.99 + the price of any Windows version.
  9. YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
  10. ryketech macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2009
    I couldn't agree more...
  11. run-kmc macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2009
    TextMate and Jedit are outstanding. I've used Jedit extensively on Mac, Windows, & Linux.
  12. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    Coda is my current tool of choice. It is pretty full-featured, which it should be for $99.

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