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PhpStorm Is Powerful, Not Pretty


PhpStorm IconI’m writing about web development tools again instead of about new uses for those tools or about photography. That is, I suppose, because I’ve been working more with the tools to make small changes to this site, and I haven’t been taking near enough pictures.

The taking pictures part should get better soon, because I’m making a trip to Cozumel for Carnival in a few weeks. We go every year. And there are great photos to be had of the elaborate costumes.

But for now, this is about PhpStorm, the PHP IDE (Integrated Development Environment) from JetBrains. You know I still love Coda, but even with all its features, it can’t really be called an IDE. PhpStorm (why is it not spelled PHPStorm?) is no pretender.

Atom vs. Coda?


Coda IconPerhaps I’m creating another chance to get flamed in the programming editor “religious wars” or in the “fight” over stand-alone tools versus IDEs (Integrated Development Environments), but I generally blog about what I’m working on. And right now, since I’ve gotten myself stuck on a feature I’m developing in Grav, I’ve been working on Atom and Coda configuration.

And Coda, combined with the tremendous support of its developer Panic, is drawing me back in, even after what I just wrote about Atom.

Coda vs. Atom?


Atom IconNo, comparing Atom and Coda isn’t really fair. Coda is a full web development IDE (Integrated Development Environment) while Atom is a programming text editor. As an IDE, Coda comes with lots more than just the editor. But what if I just discuss how the two editors compare?

I’ve been using Coda for years. I have made a few detours to the likes of TextMate 2 (still stuck in beta after all this time), BBEdit (which I’ve owned since a MacWorld Expo in Boston many years ago) and Sublime Text, but I’ve always come back to Coda. It is perfectly Mac-like, well supported and extremely capable.

New Year’s CMS


Grav LogoIt’s a new year, and I have a new CMS (Content Management System) running this website. Long-time readers will not be surprised; I change CMSs from time to time.

And it shouldn’t be a surprise to know that the CMS is Grav. I’ve written about trying Grav, the differences that distinguish Grav and what would make me change from Statamic recently.

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