Sean Sperte

The Coda Factor

14 June 2007

The Coda leafUntil Coda’s release, my workflow was relatively set and regimented. I used a simple combination of tools that consisted of:

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:

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?