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Text Editor Conundrum


So many programmers’ text editors… I know; a first-class problem. But still, I waste too much time jumping from one to the other looking for the “best” text editor for me.

First it’s good old TextMate and then it’s high-powered Sublime Text; but what about the up-and-coming Atom? And aren’t the “real” IDEs such as Coda and PhpStorm the true answer for the developer?

Atom and Brackets Are Similar


Brackets (backed by Adobe) and Atom (backed by GitHub), are two open-source code editors vying for the spot that Sublime Text is leaving in the market due to its glacial development rate.

And they are both interesting in that each uses traditional web development languages (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) to both create the interface, and to provide an API for developers to use to customize. Do you need to modify or create a syntax color scheme? CSS. Do you care to create a plug-in? JavaScript. Use the languages you already know as a web developer.

PHPloy Deploys


Like many web developers, I work on a local, development server and then deploy changes to a remote, staging server for testing. Once that passes and is ready for publishing, I deploy to a remote, production server. Nothing interesting here, really.

There are many, many ways to accomplish that. Here’s what I’m using and I like.

Lightroom CC After Aperture


With the demise of Aperture, and my resulting transition to Lightroom, I was looking forward to the next update to Lightroom since it had been two years since the last. As an Aperture user, I’ve been pretty familiar, unfortunately, with long delays between updates. And I was hoping the time spent had resulted in some big changes.

And the answer, like so many answers, turned out to be yes and no. I did not expect Lightroom’s basic approach to change at all, even though I’ve written several times about where I like to see fundamental change: DAM features, Another Run With Lightroom and Lightroom’s Non-Mac Interface. But I had expected something a little bigger.

Let’s not go there yet; let’s look at the good stuff that has come to Lightroom first. I’m writing about Lightroom CC, as opposed to Lightroom 6, but they are almost exactly the same, for now.

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