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Friday, August 11, 2006

Introducing Aptana

Here's another very promising open-source web development tool I've come across in my month of feverish web development - the Aptana IDE. Aptana is an integrated development environment for HTML/CSS/JavaScript projects, built on the Eclipse desktop. It's a major step towards bringing to web development the same kinds of tools we take for granted in java, Delphi, or C++.

Aptana provides
  • code-assist for html, CSS ,and JavaScript, including your own JavaScript functions and libraries.
  • Syntax checking in all three languages.
  • Support for user-developed macros ("actions" they call them) written in JavaScript to manipulate your code.
  • An outliner that shows you the structure of your HTML, CSS, or JavaScript file, and lets you jump right to an element or function.
Take a look at their little demo video. The product is still in beta, and indeed the developers consider it at version 0.2. What's glaringly missing -- though planned for a later release -- is a JavaScript debugger. This is a must have; it's absence means that in the meantime you'll want to use Aptana in conjunction with the SplineTech JavaScript Debugger, which I reviewed here a few weeks ago.

With an integrated debugger, Aptana will leave pure script debugging tools like SplineTech in the dust. And even without the debugger, this is a great editor to use for your next web-project. I found three problems in my CSS by simply openning the style sheet in Aptana. Aptana is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Download it and take a look.

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