New Website Development App: Coda
April 23, 2007 at 2:04 PM
A new website development application for OS X hit the scene today. It's called Coda and it's from Panic, those guys that make Transmit. It looks cool and it's getting plenty of attention from the bloggers that got in on the beta-testing.
Is taking the time to try to integrate it into one's workflow worth the chance that after the demonstration period is up, you might find that it's not worth it?
This program is fantastic! Thanks for the heads up....
Tab between two or three applications just isn't enough an a chore to induce me to sacrifice the added power of the individual programs. Checking Coda out was worth an hour but not a month. It's a slick program but not a deep one like Textmate or BBEdit. It doesn't have the CSS power of CSSEdit or Style Master. FTP on a project isn't something I do every few minutes, and previewing is only a key command away. Like a Swiss Army Knife, Coda gives a lot of functionality in one package but none of its tools is as elegant as a dedicated one.
Having used Coda for a whole day now I have to admit I like the program, but without the extra live view/xray and functionality of CSSEdit I think it still needs some work. The layout of the sites view is great iCandy and it works great with Transmit, but really I don't have a problem opening that up when I'm ready to use it.
So, in the end I decided to switch to coda. A few things put me over the edge: 1. I use svn, but I use it from terminal, so I'm happy to have the terminal right there. 2. I never use any kind of graphical app to edit my css anyway, so I was more than happy to just have the text editor with syntax highlighting. 3. I love the fact that Coda has a more intuitive and easy to configure option for telling it what syntax a file format with extension .ext will contain. I emailed with Cabel Sasser and he let me know that a few of the issues I have with it will be taken care of shortly, namely, the absence of a tab switching keyboard shortcut. :( Oh, also, if you're doing pair or group programming on an app, the Bonjour group-edit functionality brought to the table by the use of CodingMonkey's SubEthaEdit within the app, is amazing!
Oh, one last thing....the ftp portion of the app is fast as all hell! Panic has stated they'll integrate those speed increases back into Transmit, but until then...Coda has it beat!
I love Coda! I am thinking of moving from KUbuntu and back to Mac OS just for this application. It is awesome! There is a definite learning curve, and I do not believe I have discovered all of it's features yet. However it is still very good, and it's session handling is superb! Well worth the 100 bucks!
This is an application for hand-coders. If you are writing a PHP-HTML application, it rocks. Amazingly intuitive. Great FTP. Lots of fine touches. The best feature is its speed.