I'm a young programmer who's decided to learn about this web thing ^_^

I'm currently writing my html/css in a notepad-esque app, I'm wondering what recommendations you guys have for tools, such as Editors/debuggers etc, I already have Firebug installed and it's a great help !


5 answers


I'd suggest learning emacs or vi. Once you're past the steep learning curve, you'll find that they are much easier and faster to use than other text editors or even IDEs.

Answered about 8 years ago by Ryan Aghdam
  • If you are more programmer oriented, then emacs or vi are great, especially since they translate very well over the commandline to a remote server. If you are building front-end code then I'd recommend something more visual that would be quick for the code/browser-refresh cycle. More important than the editor in my experience is your browser tools. Firefox and Firebug is essential. Firebug has it's own ecosystem of plugins to show you how much people use it and how powerful the tool is. Emacs and Vi are usually overkill for HTML and CSS. Just get something that has syntax highlighting and learn to use nano, jed or something on the commandline for quick remote editing. Emmanuel Mwangi about 8 years ago
SjB 5

Netbeans , Kdevelop , Anjuta , BlueFish ,Quanta , ... i prefer quanta for ui designing

Answered about 8 years ago by SjB
Ben 11

Your in luck, Smashing Magazine just posted this today,

How To Develop Websites On Linux

Answered about 8 years ago by Ben

I've never really needed anything apart from a notepad-esque app, FTP and firebug.

I use PHP and javascript, and have found that PHP isn't that hard to debug for most websites - nothing complex is really going on, and that Firebug helps with javascript where needed.

I do use Aptana for anything more complex, which will run on Linux.

Answered about 8 years ago by Rich Bradshaw

In my mind, there are a couple options:

  • your favorite text editing program
  • emacs or vi
  • Aptana

One of those will serve you really well. I would recommend you try a bunch of things to see what does or doesn't work for you personally.

Aside from that, Firebug is spectacular and no developer should be without it.

Answered about 8 years ago by Nate Kennedy