Useful Source Code Editors

Gotta love those folks over at Smashing Magazine. I've been pretty happy with and loyal to Dreamweaver throughout my career. Lately, though, I've been doing more telecommuting, and Dreamweaver CS5.5 seems to have real problems with managing sites over a laggy network. Every time I'd try and make a change to the code or save a file, and application would come to a screeching hault for anywhere from 5 seconds to a full minute. Absolute death to productivity and morale. So, since I raretly use the Design view anyway, I thought it was high time I investigate an alternative for coding my web site projects.

Smashing Magazine has this great review of 35 different source code editors... about half are for Mac only (commy bastards!)

For now, I'm settling on the CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor. I'll let you know what I think later.

UPDATE: 2-21-2013

Unfortunately, I had to give up CoffeeCup HTML Editor. I ran into some unusual issues while trying to work with .ASPX files (which my company deals with from time to time). I enjoyed some aspects of it, but it also seemed to suffer from some of the same "over Network" issues that were driving me bonkers with Dreamweaver.

As a result, I switched to Komodo Edit, another Free source code editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

While the free version of Komodo Edit lacks some of the crazier bells and whistles of Komodo IDE, it is FREE and OPEN-SOURCE, and I've been enjoying using it immesely for various projects. I don't even miss Dreamweaver anymore. It can manage projects, but it does lack integrated FTP (which is not a big deal, in my opinion).

In addition, while reading an article on CS-Tricks today, I came across yet ANOTHER code editor to try: Sublime Text. It has a free-to-try download, but its license costs $70. Looks neat, though, and probably worth the cost. Mentioned in the same article is CodeKit, which looks like a really interesting project manager something or other app thingy. Must check out some time. Whoops, nevermind. Mac only. You won't be getting my money, you hipster commys.


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