Planting Your Code With Coda

9 years ago in Articles, Contributors, Essential Apps by John Fuller | 2 Comments

As someone who works with web design and code on a semi-regular basis, I’m on the hunt for the best tools to produce the finest webpages. After using many different applications, I’ve found my favorite coding environment in Coda. The creators of Transmit, Panic Software, have created a stellar piece web-development software.

Taking from their popular and successful FTP application, Panic incorporated the basics of Transmit into the sidebar of Coda. The sidebar has two tabs – ‘Local’ and ‘Remote’, for connecting and finding files easily on either the server or your machine. Also similar to Transmit, Coda can store and connect to ‘Favorites’, or ‘Sites’ as they’re called in Coda.

‘Sites’ represents one of the five views in Coda, the others are ‘Edit’, ‘Preview’, ‘CSS’, ‘Terminal’, and ‘Books’. The ‘Edit’ view is what you’d assume it to be – a code and text editor. Within this view it is possible to edit in an abundance of computing languages, such as HTML, CSS, Objective-J, Perl, Ruby, XML, Javascript, ActionScript, and many others. The editor can also display line numbers, share and edit documents using Bonjour, insert a variety of built-in and user-created clips, and display coding hints.

The second view in Coda is ‘Preview’, for previewing documents while editing. ‘CSS’, the third view is a full-featured CSS editor. Unfortunately, colors have to be entered using Mac OS X’s universal color selection panel, and the ability to enter hex codes is missing. For connecting to servers, Coda includes a built-in ‘Terminal’ panel. The sixth and final view within Coda is ‘Books’, which are four reference books for the HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP computing languages.

Coda includes many other useful features, including the ability to have multiple panes open in a single window, the capability to quickly open files, and search. Recently, Panic has opened up Coda to developers for the creation of plugins.

For a single application, Coda is able to pack many powerful features into a slick and elegant workspace. It’s definitely worth a shot for anybody who deals with coding on a regular basis. You can see more and download a free trial from Panic’s website. The full license costs $99, or $85 if you already have a copy of Transmit.

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