The Coda Factor
14 June 2007
Until Coda’s release, my workflow was relatively set and regimented. I used a simple combination of tools that consisted of:
- Design and imagery – Photoshop CS3.
- Development and code – TextMate
- File transfer – Transmit
- Testing – Safari and FireFox
While Coda’s simplified approach to web development make it the perfect candidate to take the place of many of these individual programs – it promises one-window web development – it’s not quite there. I’ve found it actually complicates my workflow. And, unfortunately, the release of CSSEdit 2.5 and it’s powerful override and X-ray features make matters even worse for me.
To give you an idea, here’s an example of my current toolset:
- Coda for simple FTP
- Coda for simple HTML
- Coda for previewing HTML changes
- TextMate via “Edit in TextMate” for advanced HTML
- CSSEdit for CSS
- CSSEdit for previewing CSS changes
- CSSEdit and Coda for copy/pasting final CSS code into live document
- Safari textareas for certain ExpressionEngine pages
- Safari to double-check the preview, or sometimes because I forget Coda has live previewing
- FireFox to test how Mozilla treats the code
- Various other testing on various other browsers
As you can plainly see, Coda has made my life so much easier. Not.
Even still, the key factor in my continuing to use Coda is the company its developed by (as well as its infancy). I’ve been a Panic user since the release of Audion, and they’ve earned my loyalty. It’s Panic’s software development philosophy that makes them so special. Their ideas aren’t original – or, perhaps “aren’t fundamentally innovative” is a better way to put it – but the way they implement those ideas is.
So, there you have it. I’m admitting to my masochistic software use once again. Aren’t these computers supposed to make our lives easier?