I just got done lightly scanning over this article
before I shook my head in disgust and decided to write this entry.
Let me say this first. I've been professionally employed in web development now for 6 years, and am by no means a genius on the subject, but I think I may have a clue or two.
I have absolutely no idea why Bluefish seems to be the choice editor for web developers out there. Way back in 2003, when I decided to try my hand at using Linux as my main desktop operating system, I immediately needed an editor to code within. I tried a few, and when compared to whatever I was using in Windows *shudder* (I honestly have no idea what the hey I used back then), I remember them being lackluster in comparison.
remember, however, Bluefish being in that list. I also remember that trying to use Bluefish as an editor was horribly painful. Now, granted, this was 5 years ago, so things may have changed, but the reason I'm even writing this, is the author of the aforementioned article
only mentioned one of the 3 amazing editors I know about, including the one I've used for the past 5 years and the one that I'm trying out now. Only heaven knows why these fantastic editors were overlooked. Hopefully I'm missing a huge point as to why that is - and someone can point me in the direction of editor supremacy with Bluefish.
The one I used that was covered in the article was Quanta Plus. It is an awesomely capable web editor. I recommend using it.
Here are the 3 they failed to mention, which 3, I believe are superior to all the editors covered in the article.
- jEdit - I've used this supremely awesome editor for 5 straight years. Amazing plugins, albeit a bit ugly, and as functional as it needs to get for what I do.
- Eclipse - I've never used it, but I have friends who swear by it and from what I can tell, this editor competes with the best of any proprietary web editing IDE sold today. If anything, it's broad set of capabilities makes it a bit difficult to learn at first, but if you're adverse to learning, you shouldn't be in web development to begin with. I didn't use it due to its lack (this was about 2 years ago) of support in remote development.
- Netbeans - This is what I'm trying right now. From what I read, this may be the best web development (and in other development platforms as well) tool available today.
Anyway... I had to get this off my chest. Why in the world do people seem to like Bluefish