Lately I have been in flux trying to find a new IDE for development. Over the course of the last year or so I have used quite a few editors. I rely heavily on Dreamweaver, I have used it for so many years it is almost second nature for me. The down side to Dreamweaver is it has a lot of features, many I never use. All those nice features can sometimes make it feel sluggish at times.
I also use jEdit quite a bit for local development. While it does not have all the bells and whistles of a full-featured web IDE, once you are familiar with it, it flies. The one notable exception being the initial load time while it is building the file index. I do miss having SFTP support, code completion, etc. I wanted to find something that was lightweight like jEdit, but with some of the more advanced features found in Dreamweaver.
I have used CFEclipse pretty extensively in the past, but we have had somewhat of a rocky relationship. When it originally came out I had some issues with the SnipEx servers which was one of the main reasons I switched originally. It seems like s/ftp was not supported or if it was, I had problems implementing it with my servers. It is a great project, but I had more impediments where it seemed like Dreamweaver just worked.
With that in mind, last week I set out to give CFEclipse a try again and I must say it has matured since the last time I used it. SFTP integration is working nicely now (although I haven’t had a chance to test synchronization). The SnipEx servers seem quite stable and have grown as well. CFBuilder being built on Eclipse has also taught me many tricks to stream line development. While some of the shortcuts do not work, many of them do. The one issue I did have was related to the File Explorer not being able to create directories.
Which brings me to Aptana. I have heard of it before but I have had neither the time nor the inclination to pick it up. I tried installing Aptana as a plugin in Eclipse but I didn’t have much luck. I decided to to download Aptana and then install CFEclipse as a plugin and I am pleased with the results. The Aptana File view resolved the issue I was having with CFEclipse’s File Explorer, plus it is pretty nice to boot.
I have only used it for a day but I am pleased so far and I look forward to playing around with it some more tomorrow. I still intend on purchasing CFBuilder when I can, but I think this will definitely work for me in the mean time.
Now my next fun project will be to get EGit up and running. I will save that for tomorrow though.