Coda: one-window web development

Panic released a ground-breaking piece of software for what I’ll call real web developers — people that loathe Dreamweaver or FrontPage.

Real web developers:

  • code from scratch using BBEdit, Textmate or another dedicated text editor
  • constantly refer to code examples in a web browser
  • might use a CSS editor like CSSEdit
  • use a dedicated FTP program like Transmit
  • and if you’re really pro then you’ll hack around in terminal to do
Coda is Panic’s answer to improving web workflow — combining all of these web development tools into one program. Coda can’t possibly compete with the all of the features in BBEdit or Textmate but how many of those features do we really use? Having everything in one window, reducing desktop clutter and not having to switch back and forth between apps is a nice idea.

John Gruber at Daring Fireball has a great overview of Coda. If you’re considering on slapping down $69 to try out Coda, then visit his site. I’m ready to drink the kool-aid.

I love Panic’s software products and can’t wait to try Coda.

Posted in OS X Software at 10:35 AM