I am currently PC based, though I’m experimenting with running Leopard in VMware in order to trial Coda and Textmate. Having tried them I think I would switch to Mac in a second, but at the moment I just can’t afford it.
For my web dev I currently use Notepad++ with some addons (Explorer and FTP mostly).
Other PC people – what text editors do you use / recommend?
I’m trying out the Espresso demo – it’s really good, with lots of nice little touches.
The tag auto-complete is exceptionally well done. Examples:
1. Typing "<p[return key]" will generate "<p></p>", smartly placing the cursor in between the tags rather than after them, so you can type in content immediately.
2. You can type out a full tag manually, and then the instant you start to close it, it’ll finish it for you. So if I type "<blockquote>whatever</", the instant I type the slash, it finishes it off with "</blockquote>". The thing is, you’d be closing the nearest tag manually anyway (otherwise the document wouldn’t be valid), so it makes perfect sense. Brilliant.
Some other thoughtful features:
– "Quick Publish" will auto-upload your file to the server every time you save it. You can toggle it on/off with one click
– Wrapping a link around selected text will automatically fill in the HREF attribute with the contents of the clipboard
– The Find feature is identical to Safari’s, with the popping yellow bubbles
Etc., etc. They really seem to have thought of everything.
I haven’t used Coda so I don’t know how it compares in these regards. But Espresso definitely seems great so far.
Just thought I should point out… Espresso is part of the MacHeist bundle (though it is the last app to be unlocked) and in previous years all apps were (as far as I know) unlocked. Looks like a good deal. I’m a big Coda fan, and switching to Espresso seems a bit unloyal of me, but I need to download the app and try it out. I did try it out when it was in Beta, and definitely found it lacking, but perhaps it has been improved in the 1.0. Ultimately though, I think the competition is good, and Coda can only grow stronger as a result.
I tried out the Espresso trial and have decided to stick with Coda. The biggest thing I couldn’t get over is with Espresso, you can’t just set up a ftp login to connect to a server. You have to create a local folder for your project. My workflow consists of working off a local linux box with apache, and then using git to push my changes to the live server. I don’t work off my local machine, so I need to be able to just set it up so I can connect to a server and work from there.
I dunno if I’m not doing something correctly, but that’s the biggest issue I had with Espresso. As far as editing text, it seemed very similar to Coda.