Express for Web

I’ve been using Aptana Studio for teaching webby development stuff because:

  1. It’s free
  2. It’s a real IDE with auto-complete, syntax highlighting etc.
  3. It supports HTML5, CSS, JavaScript
  4. It has an integrated debugger, which even works once you’ve teased Firefox and Firebug to cooperate

But it’s heavy. So heavy that for my own stuff and for demo’ing to students I’ve stuck with Notepad++

I’ve just spent 15 minutes playing with Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web (having been pointed that way by the news that Expression is dead) and, I think, we’ll be rapidly moving to that for future webby development.

  1. It’s free
  2. It’s a real IDE with auto-complete, syntax highlighting etc.
  3. It supports HTML5, CSS, JavaScript
  4. It has an integrated debugger which just works
  5. It supports a design view
  6. It’s not as heavy (not light, just not as heavy)

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It might also be a decent replacement for the editor we use to teach basic web page design especially as the progression from visual editing to markup editing would be within one product.

All I need to do now is hope our managed service provider can cope with it…