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For my semi-professional web development studio, I'd like to use a more dedicated piece of software in stead of plain text editors.

Both Coda as Espresso seem interesting, but I can't seem to choose which one to buy. Any thoughts on which one to choose?

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Why not try TextMates heh – Ye Lin Aung Mar 23 '10 at 9:45
Unless there one choice is really better than another, this should be Community Wiki – Ivo Flipse Mar 25 '10 at 17:24
@Ivo Flipse - Agree. :) – Kriem Mar 29 '10 at 19:00
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Didn't tried Expresso, but did used Coda for a while. I was using it for webdesign jobs (HTML+CSS) as it is very cool for it.

But as soon as the HTML Structure and CSS Styles were in place, a switched to a more code-oriented editor.

I'm now using TextMate from the beginning to the end. It's soooo powerful, it's like a game to write HTML, CSS, JS, Ruby, etc...

Like mgpyone commented, why not try it!

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I'll give it a try. Thanks! – Kriem Mar 23 '10 at 14:28

I tried Espresso for a short while and was not impressed. It seemed like a beefed up CSS editor with some stuff slapped on.

I also tried Coda for a while. My favorite feature was the "Publish" button. After that, the lack luster editor and lack of readily available code editing tools kinda got to me. It's pitched as a "one window web development" but honestly it's not. It's one window with tabs. Each tab is a separate program. It might be better if they ditched SubEthaEdit and replaced it with something like TextMate, along with changing the window layout.

In short, if you're going to go IDE, go full IDE. Pay a bunch of money for something that does just about everything.

Otherwise, TextMate.


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