Who in the Macintosh coding community has not heard of TextMate? And who is not aware that the long-awaited TextMate 2 has been out as an open-source beta for some time now? Probably no one.
The truth, at least for me, is that TextMate 2 is a fine coder’s editor right now, in its beta form. It does have a few awkward spots and some features still to be added, but it’s stable and very capable. And considering that the choices for powerful Mac-like editors are few, I’m warming back up to the idea of using it for my full-time editor.
I’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.
Perhaps 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.
No, 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.