The Macintosh landscape for the powerful text editors needed by web developers is a mess. And choosing one has implications for both productivity and convenience. Some developers would rather use an IDE rather than a stand-alone text editor, as I often do. My IDE of choice is Coda by Panic Software for lots of reasons that aren’t important here. I want to talk about just text editors.
What’s Important In A Text Editor?
That’s a question with no universal answer. Each developer has their own priorities and preferences. The good news is that each developer can make his or her own choices because the file format is perfectly interchangeable between other text editors, other operating systems, and even IDEs.
For me there are a few things that make or break a text editor. The first is a support system. That can be in a formal way from the editor’s developer or in a more community based way, probably on forums (either the developer’s own forum, or general forums such as Stack Overflow). If I’m having a problem with my editor while developing a project, the last thing I want to do is to take time away to debug my editor. I need to know that if I have a problem, I won’t have to waste time with fixing the tool. [Continue Reading]