New editor

I’ve been using Dreamweaver MX for all my XHTML and PHP coding needs for quite a while now. It’s not great (slow and somewhat buggy is more like it) but it got the job done. But lately the buggy behavior seems to have gotten worse and worse. I don’t know if it’s my computer or if the application is slowly dying or what, but it’s become extremely difficult to use. I had been planning on upgrading to the current version, but Sarai knows someone whose SO works for Macromedia and she says that the latest version of Dreamweaver was rushed out and is also full of bugs, so I had begun to reconsider.

The other night a new problem surfaced that left the application nearly useless in practical terms and so in a fit of frustration I started investigating alternatives (by googling “dreamweaver alternative”, no less). I already have BBEdit’s free little brother TextWrangler installed but, while it’s a great general-purpose editor, it doesn’t contain all those little shortcuts I’ve come to expect in a web development editor. Most important to me are HTML tag completion and PHP function tips (where if you type a function a tooltip will show you the arguments it takes). TextWrangler does neither, unfortunately.

After some looking, I finally came across skEdit. I’ve only been using it a few days now and I’m completely sold. It meets my two previously mentioned requirements, it has a file browser much better than Dreamweaver’s, and it’s customizable in all sorts of useful ways. Best of all, the developer really seems to “get it” with regard to commercial software licensing: Buying a copy entitles you to lifetime upgrades, not just until the next major version, plus you can install it on as many computers as you want. All this for only $20.


ohmeohmy says:

did you find a dreamweaver cd! i do have one for you, but i have to find it un the messsssss of unpacking.

also. when i moved my wireless stopped working. how do i reset the modem? any idea? bleeah!

kchrist says:

Nope, don’t need it anymore. I think I’m going to stick with this new one I found.

Your wireless card or router? If it’s your router, there’s probably a little button on the back or bottom to reset it to factory settings. The kind of button you can only press with a pencil tip.