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Development Tools

Web Dev Software

What web development software is easy to use, what type of software do you use and why do you use it?

4 Answers

Blake Webster
Blake Webster
5,901 Points

Alexander little are you referring to front-end development or back-end development? PC or Mac? UX/UI design? I think that you will get many different responses that may not be what you're looking for unless there is a specific software recommendation would like. :)

David Wible
David Wible
7,473 Points

Yeah, you have to be more specific. For example, you might want something that can manage your site with built in ftp and a code editor combined. In that case you can use something like Aptana or just google "Aptana vs" and you will see its competition. I just use sublime text for code editing and various tools for different tasks such as built in dev tools in chrome for tweaks and troubleshooting. Hard to point to ONE thing as an answer to this question. You have a task, you find a tool that helps you complete that task. Best advice I can give ya. Maybe someone else can give you a better answer.

Matthew Mascioni
Matthew Mascioni
20,444 Points

Hey Alexander,

Whenever people ask me this question, the common answer is: 'just try everything!' because it'll really allow you to find an application that you're really comfortable with. There is no best, just some people have certain preferences.

With that in mind, I'll share three apps which, after using seem to be awesome for web development:

  • Sublime Text 2 is incredibly sleek and fast. It's highly customizable and through tools like multiple selection, can help you get through tasks a lot quicker. It does one thing very, very well: edit code. It's cross-platform, too.

  • Coda (OS X only) is a feature-packed app for web developers. It can handle file transfer, versioning, MySQL management, shell access, code editing, and preview all under one roof. Unlike ST2, Coda is closer to an IDE (integrated development environment) than a text editor, and many people like having all the features available in one app rather than having to juggle between them.

  • Espresso (OS X only) is the app I started out with. The interface is well designed, and includes file transfer support in addition to text editing. I've found it to be an amazing tool for editing CSS in the past.

Check all of them out! All have free trials :)

for html I'm really partial to HTML Kit www.htmlkit.com for rails I like sublime text 2.