Using Dreamweaver to create HTML pages can mess up valuable CSS and PHP code. Instead we rely on writing all of our websites by hand, a potentially time consuming job.
Luckily we are not alone, with an avid and creative community of website developers around the world with the same problem.
As of July 2008, the best tools in the website building trade for Macintosh are:
Clever features mimic Macintosh OS X operating system, so its a breeze to use. Great colouring of code and font sizes can be enlarged to stop our eye's wearing out with pages and pages of code, day in, day out.
Most PHP & HTML coding is done with Coda.
Wonderful, intuitive CSS editor.
Great design (Apple design award), great tools such as live preview, xray and auto-complete when writing code.
Integrates with Coda well, a CSS file can be opened in CSSEdit from the Coda ftp panel.
From Belgium, Jan Van Boghout makes great software. His website is a great read, especially the About page.
'Shockingly Good Mac Software' and they are right. Cabel and his team have built the best FTP program, PC or Mac, ever.
Yes, Firefox can do some great things... especially for live testing. Some favourites are:
Web Developer by Chris Pederick
Excellent web developer toolbar.
Firebug by Parakey.com
Another great web developer tool, especially for de-bugging Ajax built websites.
Shows the box model for any element, great for using with CSS, and can now also be used in Internet Explorer.
Pixel Perfect is a Firefox/Firebug extension that allows web developers and designers to easily overlay a web composition over top of the developed HTML.
'Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to customize the way webpages look and function'. There are hundreds of add-ons available.
Favourite add-ons are 'Numbered Google Results', which lets you see a number next to each result in Google. E.g. we come in at no. 20 for 'websites' in google.com.au