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pljvaldez 08-29-2011 03:53 PM

website building - IDE or text editor?
Does anyone have an IDE they like to do web development in?

I poked around Bluefish, but couldn't really see what it offered me over just using vim.

BlueGriffon seems okay, but I don't really care for WSIWYG.

Screem didn't have a package in the Debian stable repos.

I'm also in the early stages of poking around Webgen for building static sites.

frieza 08-29-2011 05:06 PM

I myself use kwrite for web development because of syntax highlighting and it's easier in a GUI editor to cut/copy a large block of text from one place in a document to another. other than that i don't really see any advantage to an IDE for web development, and even less for WYSIWYG editors as they tend to insert a significant amount of unnecessary garbage code.

I guess it really ultimately comes down to personal preference.

sycamorex 08-29-2011 05:13 PM

Personally, I use emacs for web development (but I got used to using emacs for almost everything so there might be a better option out there. As frieza mentions, it all boils down to personal preference.

sundialsvcs 08-29-2011 05:14 PM

Oddly enough, I have grown rather fond of Apple's "iWeb" tool, and its big-brother.

The approach which these tools take is to allow you to define your web-pages using a word-processor like visual tool. Then, when you say to "generate" your site, the tool emits the appropriate HTML and XML sequences for you. What they do not attempt to do, however, is to parse an existing web-site and to make sense of it.

I find that, in practice, I build most "complicated" web-pages by hand. Now, as it happens, most of the time I am using template-driven macro engines (Perl...) to construct the actual page content, so you might aver that I am using a semi-procedural programming language of sorts to describe and to construct the pages.

But when the page is not complicated, I'm probably gonna grab iWeb and just whip out the site in an hour or three.

frankbell 08-29-2011 07:33 PM

I like Kompozer because of the preview pane, but its source editor is pretty clunky, so I use it in conjunction with Kate.

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