Posted April 23rd, 2007 @ 02:54pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Coda is out, and I can already tell you that it won't take me anywhere near the 14 days offered in the trial to know that I won't be purchasing it. Though I'm sure it has the usual sparkle and usability of a Panic app, the "one-window web development" idea is simply not my style.
I like lots of windows, though occasionally I'll use BBEdit's pseudo-tabs, and I like applications specifically built for their tasks." Jack of all trades, master of none" springs to mind here. Essentially, Panic is asking you to forego your favorite text editor, forego your favorite FTP process, forego your CSS editor, and forego your Terminal in favor of less feature-packed applications that have the potential benefit of being inside of one window. And as I said, "one window" isn't a plus to me - it's a decided negative.
Additionally, Coda falls short in the areas in which it could have excelled. It can't properly handle PHP's
include() function - a simple function I rely on quite heavily throughout virtually all of my sites - to render a proper preview. It also cannot easily handle the styling or modification of blogging packages because it cannot parse templates or handle some of the complex things WordPress, MovableType, etc. must do to get data onto a web page.
Coda is iWeb with a college degree, but it is simply not for me. Though I fully expect Cabel and Steven will sell a bunch (the pricing - $69/$79/$99 - is dead on), I'll stick with my mixed basket of BBEdit, CSSEdit, AppleScript, Transmit, staging areas, Terminal, shell scripts, Photoshop, Digital Color Meter, and several other little other pieces for my continued web development.
P.S. I linked to CSSEdit's site above, and it's worth mentioning that version 2.5 is available today. The Apple Design Awards deadline is today, too, in case you were wondering…