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Are there any free open source HTML editors?
Whats the best editor/ide for html/css/javascript?

I want something that offers good code completion and CSS color previews, plus website connectivity so I can push my files directly to my server via FTP.

Is there something like this?

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Maybe provide you OS so people can suggest accordingly. – Gurzo Oct 11 '10 at 18:00
Oops! Sorry, I'm going to be using Windows 7. – Sergio Tapia Oct 11 '10 at 18:00

I personally use a combination of tools for all my coding:

  • Visual Studio for .net, html and CSS;
  • Netbeans for PHP, html and CSS;
  • FileZilla for uploading files to servers;
  • WampServer for testing my PHP sites.
  • SASS - not really a program but it is good for quick CSS creation, and you dont have to type as much as you dont have to put a semicolon at the end of every line, nor do you have to use braces to open and close classes. SASS can be set up to "watch" a folder for changes, and automatically convert an SASS file to a CSS file on update.

I do not get on well with DreamWeaver - I dont know why, I just dont - I much prefer the Netbeans interface personally. Simply switching to a different program is not much extra effort.

Please note that, when doing CSS style previews, development tools can suffer from the same problems as browsers (or more specifically out of date browsers). For example if you want a rounded corner or a shadow, Netbeans will not display this. Instead I just set up a localhost website through WampServer.

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I recently started using Microsoft Expression Web 4 for the front end of my site (even for a PHP site).

I especially like the SuperPreview feature, that allows you to "play" the site side by side on different browsers and compare how minor changes appear in them. The online beta of this feature now allows you to test even browsers that are not installed on your machine (I use it to test how my site looks in Safari 5 on a Mac).


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Komodo Edit:

Komodo Edit is a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. Switching your trusty code editor is hard, but give Komodo Edit (or its big brother Komodo IDE) a try: it'll be worth your while.

Windows, Mac, Linux? Yes. PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Perl, Tcl, XML, HTML 5, CSS 3? Yes, with (customizable) syntax coloring, folding, background syntax checking, and excellent auto-complete and calltips (we call it "code intelligence"). What else? Fast open (no more slow poking around for files); remote file editing; Vi keybindings (good ones); and a toolbox with shell command integration, macros and code snippets... all wrapped around a tricked-out editor and an extension mechanism the same as Firefox's.

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