For Mac users, there are countless options for coding environments. From full-featured WYSISYG editors such as Dreamweaver and RapidWeaver to the most basic text editors, the Mac platform can accomodate any coding style. My app of choice is TextMate. I was originally introduced to the program by a co-worker who had recently switched to Mac and found it to be his favorite. Another co-worker highly encouraged me to try BBEdit as well, since it supposedly had a much better community of developers working on plugins. As a long-term Dreamweaver user and even author of “Foundations of Dreamweaver”, I was highly critical and expected only the best. I spent a few days in each program and eventually narrowed it down to a few of my favorites. The final 3 were TextMate, BBEdit, and Jedit.
I chose TextMate in the end, due to it’s simplicity, usability, customizable interface, and bundle support. It made my life much easier in every way. I found that it had all the plugins that I needed and could customize things to improve upon Dreamweaver’s features, such as code completion, auto-formatting, etc. All the little hangups that I had become accustomed to with Dreamweaver were gone and all that was left was a pure, exciting coding experience.
My final rating of TextMate: 9.3 out of 10.
My final rating of BBEdit: 8.6 out of 10
My final rating of Jedit: 8.3 out of 10
Ratings were based on the following criteria: Usability, performance, flexibility, features, support, and community.