Coda

The buzz is on so I’ll add to the noise.

Over many years (12, to be precise) I’ve futzed around with web design. From the realization of how tables work to actually getting a column to flow unbidden to the bottom of any page, my skills have improved, if gradually.

I’m at the point now where I actually think I’m good enough to brand a site with my own company name and not feel embarrassed about it. This does not stem from any idea that I’m as good as the design gods like Dan Cederholm, Jeffrey Zeldman, Greg Storey et al but I’m at a point now where I think I’m better than the schmuck down the street with a copy of FrontPage. And because that schmuck down the street is actually charging for the garbage he creates why can’t I?

My slow, winding road to web respectability has led me to the point where the tools have to reflect the role. I used to get by just fine with plain old TextWrangler for all my CSS editing needs. Late last year, though, I figured that just wasn’t cutting it and purchased a copy of CSSEdit which actually made life a whole lot easier. And seeing the productivity increase I got out of CSSEdit, I’ve been thinking that TextWrangler might also need to be replaced.

And now Coda is on the scene. This is clearly an amazing app and has me wondering if my skills as a web developer (dare I call myself that?) have evolved to a point where I could use something like this to make my life easier. I’ve looked at lots of apps over the last several years but none of them seemed offer anything that I couldn’t do with a text editor.

Coda changes that.

But before I bite, I’ll probably stick with my crufty dev system of TextWrangler/CSSEdit/Transmit a little longer if only because CSSEdit is so damn good. And with the latest update, it should be even better.

But crap, that’s some damn fine software at work.

posted at - 6:52 am - 4/24/2007

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