Web development on mac

SRossi

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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.

Thanks,

Stephen
 

angelwatt

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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.
 

adrian.oconnor

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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.
 

SRossi

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@OP:

As to asp.net for Mac, specifically:

http://davidhayden.com/blog/dave/archive/2009/05/06/MonoDevelopMac.aspx

Follow the links on that page - download the Mono 2.4 Mac Installer and MonoDevelop 2.0 Mac Installer and develop ASP.NET MVC Web Applications on your Mac. FYI.

-jim
Thanks downloaded mono and its basically visual studio on the mac brilliant :)

adrian.oconnor said:
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.
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,

Stephen
 

alexk82

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best tools for the job

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

X1Lightning

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Eclipse is a great cross platform editor, i use it and dreamweaver for development on my mac
 

gibbz

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

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