I am using Aptana Studio 3, I have used it in the past and it is pretty good and easy to use.
For this course we need an HTML editing tool. There are many to choose from. We do not need many advanced features for this basic course so pick a simple text editor with syntax highlighting.
There are several HTML editors that you can use in your web browser:
The following text editors have syntax highlighting and are Free/Open Source tools:
The latter features code completion so it is better for intermediate and advanced users. Beginners should stick with code editors without automatic completion to develop good coding habits.
Text editors of choice: TextWrangler and Mozilla Thimble.
I'm a Mac user, so I chose TextWrangler as a multipurpose editor because it has a very nice, simple and clean interface and I can use it to write programs in other languages too (like Python).
My problem is that I don't have a revenue, since I'm still a student and TextWrangler is free.
I tried other open source editors, like blue griffon, but it crashed so many times I couldn't work with it.
Let's just say TextWrangler is the editor I use to tinker with code, not necessarily HTML.
While Mozilla Thimble is the editor I use on-the-fly, when I need to write HTML code quickly and/or for small tasks.
I'm very familiar with Notepad++ and somewhat with Eclipse, but for this task, I'm going to go with Mozilla Thimble for several reasons.
1. Quick access: I like to be able go directly from concept to code without having to think about menus and clicks.
2. Easy integration: Requires very little in terms of installation or configuration. Basically just running constantly in a separate tab so I feel like my task and my code are joined at the hip.
3. Simple interface: Because I immediately understood how to use the tool upon first seeing it, I felt that I would not be fighting an interface every time that I wanted to make a change but simply doing the thing that was in my mind to do quickly enough that the idea didn't become diluted as I searched for configurations and menus.
4. Empty cup: Because I'm taking these courses in order to learn new things, I don't want to bring baggage along that may prevent me from seeing something from a new perspective. My mindset on each task is to approach it as though I have no idea how to accomplish it other than using the tools and information provided previously in the course or current task. Hopefully this will allow me to take something away from the course that I did not bring with me.
I code for a living, but am always open to learning something new.
Good Luck Everyone!!!
I've said it before but imho it is worth saying again : I like Geany & especially Geany for Windows
(make your own custom HTML/HTML5 template & add it to Geany templates & you will save yourself so much time..& Geany supports all sorts of other programming languages & files - Geany & Geany for Windows are great imho! It is also free! ).
I usually use vim for text editing and programming, so I'm also using vim for this challenge. Vim is an open source highly configurable editor with syntax highlight among other useful things.
Hi, All :)
I've already got Aptana installed on my computer. It's nice for large projects (you can have a pane on the side to explore your entire solution) but it's awfully slooooooowwww. I also have Notepad++ which is pretty nice. I may try out the "recommended" online editor, though. I'm not crazy about jsfiddle. (The layout distracts me.)