Your preferred development tools?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by redlion, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. redlion macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
    Mac OS X is often regarded as an outstanding web development platform.

    • What are your preferred development tools?
    • What are your chosen special apps that make your development a whole lot easier?
    • What tools make up your development system (professional or personal projects)

    Development tools:

    • Coding (html, css, php et al.)
    • Design/ Graphics / Images
    • FTP
    • Browsers used for testing
    • Browser extensions
    • Local testing
    • Debugging
    • Utilities (MySQL management, Subversion client etc)
    • CMS

    Other factors:

    • Machine
    • Hosting platform
    • Help? (books, forums, blogs)
    • Inspiration (books, forums, blogs)
    • Communication tools (clients or colleagues)

    Hopefully this gives us a chance to find hidden gems that either improve our current work flow or reasons to change!
  2. Photomax macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2007

    It will be interesting to see what kind of responses you get here. I too would like to have all these points answered in such detail.

    On the other hand I am wondering how many professionals would be willing to cover all this for you? It looks like you are targeting pros with this, no?

    Generally this forum is a nice exchange between folks who are struggling with a specific problem or question. There are many professionals and advanced amateurs who volunteer great help.

    Looking at your list I wonder if these same people will gladly provide all these details without knowing more about you? I mean if you walked up to an award winning chef and asked him for his price winning chocolate cake recipe would you be that surprised that he might prefer to keep that information to himself? I bet some developers would prefer NOT to divulge every nuance, strategy, tool and business plan component that made their own hard to establish business a success.

    You might get some great answers though...
  3. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    I code in Coda.
    PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL
    FTP: Transmit
    Graphics: Photoshop
    Server: Linux
    I wrote my own CMS
    Test everything in Safari then in FF, lastly IE 6 and 7 running in parallels.
    I run MAMP for a PHP and MySQL server locally and use it when I am not editing the files directly on the server,
    I use
    Navicat light for a database manager
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    • I like BBedit with it's Apple scripting capabilities, and use it for HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, etc.
    • FTP: Fugu or Cyberduck
    • Server stuff: MySQL, MAMP (for local testing and hosting on XAMP)
    • Graphics: Photoshop Elements or Gimp
    • Testing: Firefox, Safari, Opera, IE6 (on mac ies4osx) in this order usually
    • Debugging: The extensions below as well as W3C's validators, Accessibility checkers, Section 508 (OK, these are somewhere between testing and extensions)
    • Extensions: For Firefox: Web Developer Toolbar, Firebug
    • No CMS for me. Considering Subversion, but doesn't meet my current needs
    • Inspiration: The Internet :) also read blogs
  5. redlion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008

    I am not necessarily targeting this at pros. It can also be for the hobbyist, freelancer or someone just starting out and getting to grips with web development. My apologies if the topic comes across as asking for too much information. The disclosure of any information hopefully adds to the 'nice exchange between folks who are struggling with a specific problem or question'.
  6. Photomax macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2007
    No worries...

    Here is mine:

    Coding: Creatext, Firebug, Textwrangler, Stylemaster
    FTP: Transmit
    Graphics: Photoshop & Illustrator CS3
    Server: MAMP
    CMS: MODx (beginner)
    Testing: Safari, FF and IE6
    Debugging: W3C
    Extensions: Firefox Web Developer Toolbar, Firebu
    Inspiration: Everything and nothing really. Try to sue my own photos...
  7. Malfoy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Code: Coda
    Graphics: FW CS3, PS CS3, and (soon to add flash cs3 to the mix)
    ftp: transmit
    server: linux under dreamhost(so phpmyadmin and various other management tools are arleady there)
    local testing: opera, ff, safari, ie

    Other stuff:
    Hardware: MBP and MP
    references: interwebs and a whole lot of books
  8. MegaMan1311 macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    Development tools:

    Coding (html, css, php et al.): Coda. I just switched. Its great! :D I also use TextWrangler or Dreamweaver CS3 when I need a feature that Coda doesn't have.

    Design/ Graphics / Images: Photoshop CS3

    FTP: Coda; Cyberduck for those cases that Coda cant handle.

    Browsers used for testing:
    Mac: Safari, Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Opera, IE6
    PC: Safari Beta, Firefox 2, Opera, IE7

    Browser extensions:
    Firefox: Firebug and Web Developer
    Safari: Safari Stand and Inquisitor.
    I'm a PC switcher, so I use Safari most of the time. Firefox feels too Windows-ish to me.

    Local testing: MAMP

    Debugging: Coda, Firebug, Web Developer, and Xray bookmark.

    Utilities (MySQL management, Subversion client etc): Pixel Stick (Measuring) Pipette (Color Picker)

    CMS: Haven't decided yet. I want one for my clients, but I cant find the right one.

    Other factors:

    Machine: Local: Aluminum iMac 2.8 ghz. 4gb ram, 750gb hard drive.

    Hosting platform: Linux

    Help? (books, forums, blogs): Coda books, w3schools, php Functions index, macrumors web forum

    Inspiration (books, forums, blogs): Any site that I like.

    Communication tools (clients or colleagues): everything used to talk (voice box, mouth, teeth, ect. :p)
  9. tominated macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2006
    Queensland, Australia
    development: textmate, cssedit and sometimes coda
    graphics: photoshop (saving up for cs3)
    FTP: Flow (unreleased private beta)
    Browser extensions: firebug, safari debug menu
    local testing: mamp
    Other stuff: I use rapidweaver a lot when i don't want to mess around writing code for formatting and freeruler is an awesome pixel perfect ruler app
  10. notnek macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2007
    Development & FTP: Coda, Textmate, Cyberduck
    Graphics: Illustrator [ Photoshop should only be used for editing photos! :rolleyes: ]
    CMS: phpMyAdmin, but on client side, I build editing features into their site.
    Hardware: 24" iMac 2.8 4GB, 1st Gen Macbook 2.0 2GB when showing clients on the road.
    References: Google. Everyone's best friend. Also books like CSS Mastery and Mastering PHP/MySQL. Junk like that.
  11. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    My exhaustive list...

    - DreamWeaver CS3 (for large development projects)
    - Smultron for page-by-page edits, PHP or Script

    - Photoshop CS3

    - Transmit

    - Safari / Firefox / Camino (OS X)
    - Safari / Forefox / IE7 / Netscape (XP via Fusion)

    - MacBook Pro 17" / 2.33Ghz Core2 Duo / 2GBDDR2
    - Logitech MX Revolution Mouse (the best there is, period)

    - CSS Pocket Reference by Eric Meyer
    - Don't Make Me Think! by Steve Krug
    - Designing With Web Standards by Zeldman
    - Web ReDesign by Goto & Cotler

    - Mail
    - Adium
    - MotoRAZR v3c
  12. notnek macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2007
    It's more like asking the chef what brand/size pot he's using to mix that award winning recipe in.
  13. Sherb macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Here's how I work :D

    Coding: Coda
    FTP: Transmit
    Browsers: FF, Safari, IE6, IE7
    Local testing: MAMP Pro
    CMS: Typically a custom CMS
    Inspiration: CSS gallery sites and other places
  14. FetalSage macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    What are your preferred development tools?
    Textmate, CSSEdit, Photoshop.
    What are your chosen special apps that make your development a whole lot easier?
    XAMPP for testing local PHP files. Spaces in Mac to organize my apps and make workflow an ease.
    What tools make up your development system (professional or personal projects)
    As in hardware? Black Macbook, external keyboard, mouse and monitor.

    Development tools:

    • Coding (html, css, php et al.) - Textmate, CSSEdit
    • Design/ Graphics / Images - Adobe Photoshop CS3
    • FTP - CuberDuck
      [*]Browsers used for testing - Multifox [Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 Betas], Safari, IE6 and 7 on PC.
      [*]Browser extensions - Developer toolbar on Firefox and Firebug.
      [*]Local testing - XAMPP for PHP files
      [*]Debugging - Firebug for Javascript
      [*]Utilities (MySQL management, Subversion client etc) - None really.
      [*]CMS - If I had to, Wordpress.

    Other factors:

    • Machine - Black Macbook and desktop PC.
    • Help? (books, forums, blogs) - Some Javascript and PHP books.
    • Inspiration (books, forums, blogs) -, etc.
    • Communication tools (clients or colleagues) - Adium, Highrise, Backpack.
  15. TodVader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2005
    Quebec, Canada
    I use Coda for all my coding/ftp needs. It's such a great program. I wish I would have found it faster (I started using it a couple months ago). Sometimes, when I only need to transfer files by FTP, I use Cyberduck.

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