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    What tools do you use for developing?

    Hello guys,

    What tools (editors, optimizers, validators, whatever else..) do you use for developing html/php/css pages?


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    On my Mac I use TextWrangler (the free version of BBEdit) to write code. I used TextMate for a while and like the folder view but didn't like the line controls, besides it's not free.

    I use Fetch to upload my files.

    I use Photoshop and Illustrator for design.

    For validation I just use the online validator.
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    For designs I use Photoshop CS2 running under WINE.
    For coding I use any normal text editor such as kwrite (the Linux equivalent to Notepad).
    For uploading I use Filezilla FTP client.
    For validating I use:
    W3.org CSS Validator
    W3.org Markup Validator

    and I use some other tools occasionally such as:
    Clean CSS
    Google Webmaster Tools

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    php/css/html/JS - Active State Komodo IDE 4 (not cheap, but good)
    Web development/Validation Firefox addons - Web Developer, Firebug, Colorzilla, YSlow (freebies)
    Image Editing - poor man version of photoshop called PhotoImpact (not bad though, does the job and then some)
    FTP - FileZilla (free) http://filezilla-project.org/
    IE 5.5, 6, 7, 8 beta Simulator in one app - IETester (free, very useful to see how IE is screwing things up without a multiple IE install) http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage
    Multiple install of Firefox 2 & 3
    Sitemap Tool when needed: GSiteCrawler (free) to create sitemaps easily and automatically updating with Google and Yahoo http://gsitecrawler.com/
    Vulnerability Scanner (Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner - FREE edition) - http://www.acunetix.com
    Other browser check - http://browsershots.org/
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    Maybe better placed in the web building forum. But here are some of what I use that haven't already been mentioned.

    Aptana editor (the free version).
    VMWare for cross-browser (read: old IE) testing.
    Mindterm for FTP tunneling over SSH (uploading from Aptana).

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    Yeah wow, I just overhauled my coding platform. I was finding some

    Coding:
    HTML/CSS/XML: Dreamweaver, sometimes Eclipse if its a project with PHP, sometimes Notepad to feel 1996
    PHP: EasyEclipse for PHP (Apthana Also)

    Design:
    Pencil and Paper (I like graph paper the best for this stuff)
    Fireworks
    Photoshop
    Illustrator
    Flash

    Utilities:
    FTP: Filezilla
    Testing Server: XAMMP
    Version Control: Subversion

    Testing:
    IE: IETester, have also used Multiple IE
    FF: FF3 install, FF 1.5 as a portable app install, Web Developer Toolbar is paramount
    For other browsers I can't test: browsershots.org

    Once in a while I pull up Notepad++, and even grab an old disc of FrontPage when I get nostalgic, just to sulk in memories of the olden days.
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    HTML, CSS & PHP: Microsoft Expression Web 2
    Graphics: Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator (CS3)
    Rarely use Flash, but the installation is there.

    Develop in IE8b2, test in Firefox 3, Safari 3.1 and whatever the latest version of Opera is.
    Keep two virtual hard disks, one XP/IE7, one XP/IE6 + Firefox 1.5.

    FTP's nasty with my server, so I rely on the cPanel backend. *shudder*

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    Coding: I write all my code (HTML, PHP, CSS, Javascript) in TextPad, with correct syntax highlighting for all of them.

    Images: I make all my images in Paint Shop Pro.

    Validation: Just use online validation.

    FTP: Filezilla

    Testing: I test in IE7 and Firefox 3, but have access to a computer with IE6 and Firefox 1.5. I then use browsershots.org for other browsers.

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    I write basically all my coding in Dreamweaver.

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    • Fireworks (sometimes Photoshop/Illustrator if I’m getting such graphics to convert and Fireworks doesn’t do the job)
    • Dreamweaver, sometimes Textwrangler if it’s just a quick change
    • Transmit for FTP (great program, allows to edit remote files with whichever editor you like)
    • Firebug/Web developer toolbar (Firefox add-ons)

    I don’t use a validator because I know the code I write is valid (except maybe IE specific code which I put in conditional comments anyway to keep it out of sight).

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    I use PSPad:
    http://www.pspad.com/

    And Photoshop for graphic stuff

    Filezilla for an ftp client when needed

    Firefox and an onslaught of addons:
    firebug - firecookie - firephp
    measureit - colorzilla

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    I swear by Textpad (http://www.textpad.com).

    It's the only editor I ever use for any sort of web developing outside of Flash (in which case I obviously use Flash).

    And of course, the ever-loved Firebug is always an excellent asset (though recently I've noticed some annoying errors where it doesn't catch all client-side added material).

    Between those two and google.com, you can make anything!

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    Coding:
    Notepad!

    Design:
    Flash CS3 Professional
    Adobe CS3 Extended
    Fireworks

    Browsers:
    IE 7, Firefox, Safari (don't use IE6)
    Enlightenment in Coding
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    For those that have CS3 and actually paid for it... is it worth it? Let me see your best graphic made with photoshop... contest anyone (need theme)?

    edit://idea for 1st theme: politics, my submission
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    Everything you can do in Photoshop you can do with GIMP. GIMP just has an extremely high learning curve.

    I use CS3 simply because my job has CS3 installed on all computers (and I obviously need Flash for Flash projects). For image editing I use Photoshop mainly at work and Fireworks more at home (for more webbish images - ie not so much for photos).


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