IDE for Web Development

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When you're putting together a complicated presentation, you use a tool like PowerPoint. Need to present complex financial data? Excel is probably your go-to tool. But what about building a website? Since the underlying code is just plain old unformatted text, often the weapon of choice is just a text editor like Notepad or TextEdit. If that seems like a lot of pressure to put on a tool like that, maybe you could check out Aptana Studio.

While Aptana Studio generates that text-only output that you need to build your site or online app, it is itself a full-featured IDE (integrated development environment) that features helps like syntax coloring, JavaScript debugging, and a live preview feature that lets you see what your completed page will look like without having to upload it to the server. There's a DOM outline view that lets you jump between nodes, making it much easier to navigate through pages of complex code to get to the next spot you need to tweak.

Aptana Studio is a free download. It's available for Linux, Mac, and Windows systems.

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