Edit: I’ve updated the list of editors below after some good leads in the comments.
I figured that with the general glut of software for pc’s, I was going to have no trouble finding a good piece of software for Windows and that my mac would prove to be a much tougher nut to crack. How wrong one can be…
WHAT’S GOING ON??
Finding mac software turned out to be a breeze, as a Google search for “mac webdev tools” hits on two rather good editors – Coda (as recommended to me by Jeremy) and TextMate (which I’ve been evaluating). In addition, there is the quality Aptana – FREE – this is my current favourite, although it is a bit buggy and takes a while to load (it’s based on Eclipse). The pretty comprehensive code completion and syntax checking is great.
The same simplicity doesn’t hold for Windows. I reckon Microsoft is buggering it up for the lot of us by dominating the developer market with the Visual Studio range, because I have found it really tricky to locate an editor that will run on Windows and deal with my client-side webdev in a way that is useful to me (understanding syntax is pretty important).
In lieu of a rant, instead I present the fruits, for what they are, of my search. I will be taking a look at these shortly. I have to say that the Microsoft product actually looks interesting, because it appears not to overload you with a million features for java, php, aspx and all the other stuff I don’t care about right now.
Microsoft Visual Web Developer – FREE – focusses on creating web pages without needing to code, but gives you a solid environment for editing the source and maintains a focus on client-side tech.
Notepad++ – FREE (GPL) – very popular editor which appears to give a great coding experience (incidentally, supports about a billion languages)
Aptana – FREE – this is my current favourite, although it is a bit buggy and takes a while to load (it’s based on Eclipse). The pretty comprehensive code completion and syntax checking is great.