For the last 11 years I've happily used Homesite as my primary code editor, because I'm a hand-coder and not a big fan of WYSIWYG's. Despite that I've used Dreamweaver and Visual Studio. Unfortunately due to a software restriction at the office, I'm not able to use Homesite anymore. Can someone suggest a great code editor similar to Homesite that isn't a WYSIWYG? I've tried NVU and Amaya and didn't like them particularly either.

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Magix 291

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Aptana Studio

[Aptana][1] is a free (or payed) program with great features that many people like. Aptana is very new, but is growing in popularity very fast. It offers JavaScript, HTMl, DOM, CSS and PHP syntax highlighting, proofing, and validation services. Aptana also has a "plugin" feature which you can use to develop iPhone apps, etc.

![Aptana Screenshot, from SmashingMagazine][2]

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Komodo Edit

[Komodo Edit][3] is an advanced program with many special features and quirks.The editor includes a full range of supported languages (Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Tcl) and platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows ). Like Komodo IDE, Komodo Edit also supports browser-side languages like JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and XML.

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Answered almost 10 years ago by Magix
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Alex Holt 341

You could try out aptana - it's an IDE style environment - for web app production.

It's been a REALLY long time since i used homesite (and a PC) - so i could be a bit off the mark - but aptana isn't a bad environment (i think it's built on top of Eclipse..)

EDIT: If you are using both PC and Mac, then something cross platform like Aptana (or eclipse) would probably be good, since you could use the same environment at home and work?

Answered almost 10 years ago by Alex Holt

another vote for Aptana... I love the code completion and svn features. It has become my only code authoring tool.

Answered almost 10 years ago by Eli Cochran

I assume you are on a PC, so many of my favourites (Coda, TextMate, TextWrangler) are not available.

Have you tried using Dreamweaver and switching to "Code view"? Nothing about the WYSIWYG is forced on you, and I believe the experience is very similar to Homesite.

Answered almost 10 years ago by Shaun Robinson

I forgot to mention: I primarily prefer to work on a Mac, but at the office I'm forced to use a PC. We use a combo of Dreamweaver CS3 and Visual Studio 2005 here at the office. I'm looking to break away from Dreamweaver despite the fact that the "Code View" is sufficient (and somewhat refined based on Homesite, which Macromedia aquired some years ago).

Answered almost 10 years ago by Scott Savage

I think you would get a better answer if you explained what it is about Dreamweaver that you dislike, what features it lacks for you etc., because from the sounds of it DW would be perfect.

Answered almost 10 years ago by Shaun Robinson

From personal experience as a hand-coder, I would have also suggested Dreamweaver. I simply ignore all WYSIWYG functions, personally.

However, I too, often seek out more light-weight "code-only" solutions. While I don't presume to know what Scott dislikes about Dreamweaver, I would venture to guess it has more to do with the program 'weight' than anything else.

So far I haven't found any applications that compete with the refined nature and feature set that Dreamweaver seems to offer; however it isn't exactly the lightest app out there, either.

My only suggestion to an alternative is one I discovered on this very site. Someone answered a similar question a while back by recommending an app called TopStyle. I have no personal experience with it myself, but after looking into it, I think it might be what you're looking for, Scott.

If nothing else, it's worth a look.

Good luck, and if you find something that suits your needs, we'd love to hear about it! I'm always looking for great hand-coding solutions that are light weight and easy to use.

Answered almost 10 years ago by David Vasquez

Dreamweaver is great in code view, you can simply ignore any wysiwyg functionality by staying code view.

The only real reason to use dreamweaver over say, notepad, is it's colour-coding, auto-tag closing and site manager. Just a note though, ensure that you remove the "_notes" folders wen setting up your sites - they're unnecessary and you'll scarce need to use them.

Answered almost 10 years ago by Russell Bishop

Notepad++ - give it a try.

Answered almost 10 years ago by Darren Newton

If you are on a PC, try InType. if you are on a mac, try Coda

Answered almost 10 years ago by Mirza Rahman

The Zeus editor has support for HTML.

It is a non WYSIWYG editor with features like:

  • macro scripting
  • HTML Tidy
  • ftp/sftp editing
  • code templates
  • automatic indenting
  • ascii/unicode/utf8
  • projects and workspace
Answered almost 10 years ago by Jussi Jumppanen

Some great suggestions here, I can't wait to try some of them.

It always amazes me how many people still use (or would like to use) homesite considering it hasn't been updated since 2003.

Effectively all I am really looking for is a text editor with the following functions: (these are similar to some of the stuff the others posted) - ftp/sftp - some shortcuts for common html tags - inline tag completion - tag highlighting - built in css editor or a link to it - quick preview

Macromedia never understood that dream \weaver was not a substitute for homesite and I am not holding my breath for Adobe to understand it either. My issues with Dreamweaver were never weight related but more related to usability. I got turned off early by the editor rearranging my code and while I understand that it no longer does this (if you set it correctly) I still don't trust it.

Answered about 9 years ago by Jefferythomas

I'll second Notepad++. However, I can also say that it's crashed a few times on me which is really annoying. That said, the price is right (free) and it does it's best to auto back up what you're working on if a crash occurs. It includes a code comparison function (which can also be done with WinDiff or a FireFox plug in), spell check and support for a number of languages.

Answered almost 10 years ago by TomBubnick