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however, developers pad [developerspad.com] looks real promising. it's completely free and you can even download the source so if you know vb, you can add you own features to it.
The best thing about Textpad (www.textpad.com) is that you can define your own tag sets, entities (or anything else you don't feel like typing over and over again) by editing the .tcl files in the Samples directory. That way if you have certain attributes you always set, one click brings your default tag in every time. Can't live without it! The color coding is obviously nice as well.
It's simple. No cr*p, no added features. And the only problem is the font. (fixedys ewww)
But still its a pain in the...
I've been using AceExpert (now AceHTML) for years. Like other non-WYSIWYG editors it's basically just a text editor that color codes your source so that it's easier to read and navigate.
There are, of course, all the extras like mass search and replace, syntax checking, spell checking, link verification, tag reference, various wizards, etc...
My question is this... Are web coders masochists? :-) Using a plain text editor after using one designed for HTML and scripting is just plain painfull.
Ok, I'm done now... The notepad debate has always mystified me. :-)
I'm a little confused as to why this word is considered something that needs moderation. I can understand there's a social stigma around certain 4 letter words that's been around for long enough that people don't question it... but come on... how moderated do we need a webmaster forum to be? The word crack??
Most painful learning curve: Vi.
Acutally its become really fantastic in the last few years with the introduction of GVIM - versions for Win, Unix, (Mac??) all available at [vim.org...]
Supports syntax checking, pretty printing (C++ - HTML - Fortran), scripting and more. And its free and now version 6.
Sounding like an advert for the Vi society ;)
I'm not taking it personally... it's principle of the thing... You know, allowing people to communicate in whatever way they naturally do it?
We're just talking about words here, after all.
Though having said that, if I worked in an office full of web designers and they were working smarter than me, I might begin to question the merits of CUTE. But its free and its simple and I don't know any better.
I'm not sure why notepad is so popular here - not sure at all. I suspect its some sort of puritanical dislike for software that makes life easier - keep thrashing yourselves on the back notepad boys ;)
I've been happy with both these programs for years. I've heard that editpad can struggle with really big files, but I haven't run into that.
One thing with notepad on win & vi on unix. You can alway guarantee that its there. No matter where you are this editor will be available - so gaining a reasonable amount of familiarity with it is useful.
Now using it as your sole method of producing sites well ... its like cleaning the john with a toothbrush ;)
By renaming notepad and moving it to another folder and giving that name to editpad, editpad (now called notepad) becomes my default text editor and "no matter where I am" it's there.
welcome to the club. I use FP all the time for websites. It's easy to use and certainly has come a long way from even FP98 days.
That said - I do not use any of the propietary stuff that requires FP extensions be enabled like FP forms etc. I plug in custom scripting for anything interactive. I essentially use FP for the quick layout and creation functionality.
As for those that claim FP is a hinderance to SEO I've got several top listings for pages that are pure FP2000 code base.
At the end of the day I say if you're using the tools that you are comfortable with and they are getting the job done to you or your client's satisfaction, that's really all you need to worry about.
"One of BBEdit 6.5's hottest new features, is integrated support
for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), including syntax coloring,
navigation of rules via the function pop-up menu, and contextual
menu markup support via Tag Maker (part of BBEdit's
industry-leading HTML markup tools)"
I paid $119.00 for this software and now I have to spend $35.00 to get the "hot" new feature that supports CSS. I personally think the email should have read:
We are sorry for not integrating css support into our editor sooner. After all, CSS has been a big part of web design for some time now.
Please take the time to to download the patch that will give you the feature we overlooked. At no charge.
At $155.00, Barebones can go pound sand.