Express for Web

Iโ€™ve been using Aptana Studio for teaching webby development stuff because:

  1. Itโ€™s free
  2. Itโ€™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 youโ€™ve teased Firefox and Firebug to cooperate

But itโ€™s heavy. So heavy that for my own stuff and for demoโ€™ing to students Iโ€™ve stuck with Notepad++

Iโ€™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, weโ€™ll be rapidly moving to that for future webby development.

  1. Itโ€™s free
  2. Itโ€™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. Itโ€™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 itโ€ฆ