posted by pandronic on Mon 21st Jul 2008 11:27
Conversations I'm going to switch to Mac and I'm searching for a good PHP editor that supports saving to SFTP. I don't need much except that, just good syntax highlighting.

Any recommendations?
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Lots of Choices
by Adam S on Mon 21st Jul 2008 12:39 UTC
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2005-04-01

A lot of people will tell you that Barebones' BBEdit is the way to go, but they have a free product called TextWrangler which is a LOT like BBEdit and will absolutely match your needs.

I personally have tried about 10 or 15 editors, and I keep coming back to SubEthaEdit because it's just so damned sweet. So much of OSNews was written in SubEthaEdit.

If you have some money to spare, nothing really compares to Coda from Panic Software, which is SEE at the core, wrapped with everything you'd want to see in a developer environment.

You can always check out some of these suggestions: Smultron, Eclipse, Xcode.

But for my 2 cents, stick with TextWrangler or SubEthaEdit.

http://thecodingmonkeys.de/subethaedit

http://barebonessoftware.com/products/textwrangler

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RE: Lots of Choices
by fretinator on Mon 21st Jul 2008 16:37 in reply to "Lots of Choices"
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2005-07-06
RE[2]: Lots of Choices
by alexandru_lz on Tue 22nd Jul 2008 16:16 in reply to "RE: Lots of Choices"
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2007-02-11

I'd recommend SubthaEdit as well, it's really slick. Or, if you've use it before and are familiar with it (but I guess you wouldn't be asking in this case), Carbon Emacs and Aquamacs are good packagings of Emacs.

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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 21st Jul 2008 13:04 UTC
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2005-11-10

This may not be exactly to your specifications, but on Mac OS, TextMate (macromates.com) is the best text editor, no question about it.

TextMate is different because it's an editor that grows on you and becomes more useful over time as you get to understand Mac/Open-Source technologies. When I first started using it, I liked it because it had superb syntax-highlighting, but I couldn't do much more than edit text. Now, I couldn't even imagine using anything else. It's infinitely flexible, the Bundles system is magic, it's extremely extensible, and it hooks into Transmit for FTP, allowing me to press a shortcut to upload the file. You could even change that shortcut so that the file is uploaded to SFTP through Transmit every time you press Cmd-S.

TextMate is pricey, worth it, and there's a 30-day trial, so see if it's any good yourself and if it'll meet your needs. I merely personally recommend going with it anyway, accepting you're not going to know it all to begin with, and grow into it over time.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by bousozoku on Thu 24th Jul 2008 04:33 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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2006-01-23

This may not be exactly to your specifications, but on Mac OS, TextMate (macromates.com) is the best text editor, no question about it.
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TextMate is pricey, worth it, and there's a 30-day trial, so see if it's any good yourself and if it'll meet your needs. I merely personally recommend going with it anyway, accepting you're not going to know it all to begin with, and grow into it over time.


I don't think TextMate is so pricey, considering that it works so well and there are new templates being created for free by third parties quite consistently.

I suppose BareBones Edit is better but for the price, it should be.

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SkEdit
by ameasures on Mon 21st Jul 2008 13:24 UTC
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2006-01-09

My choice is SkEdit which is sensibly priced and practical.

It is both an FTP/SFTP client and development editor combined.

Just my 2cents!

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jEdit
by MajorTom on Mon 21st Jul 2008 20:24 UTC
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2005-07-09

<a href="http://www.jedit.org/">jEdit integrates nicely with Mac OS X when configured rightly and has about as much extensions as Firefox. It supports PHP editing (syntax highlighting and more), (S)FTP and about anything you can dream of exists as an extension.

It is a Java application, but one of the 'good ones', that make people say that Java is not slow after all.

I can't imagine writing PHP with another editor.

Oh, and if you want to try it, take the 4.3preX (X is at 14 as of today), as the 4.2 version is years old.

Of course it's free as in GPL.

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SubEthaEdit or Eclipse
by Brabham on Mon 21st Jul 2008 20:41 UTC
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2007-04-03

I also recommend SubEthaEdit for a editing simple scripts.

For writing bigger applications I'd recommend Eclipse with the aptana plugins: http://www.aptana.com/php/ - its the best free PHP IDE I've found.

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Thanks
by pandronic on Tue 22nd Jul 2008 18:55 UTC
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2006-05-18

Thanks for all the feedback. My Mac is coming tomorrow so I guess I'll have some testing to do.

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