Panic On The Streets of London, Coda On The Streets Of Birmingham

Hardly anybody knew anything about Coda 48 hours ago, but I’ve been wanting it since I first started using Dreamweaver on OSX. It was another instance of a Mac app that’s not really a Mac app. Panels that are floating windows piss me off. They don’t want to stay put and they just get in the way. There had to be something better out there. At the time, there wasn’t.

But now, there’s Coda.

Coda is probably every Mac web designer’s dream come true. Correct, I’ve only used it for about 1 hour, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is a strong contender for developers who are underwhelmed by Dreamweaver CS3.

But if you’re thinking of making the switch from Dreamweaver to Coda, bear these in mind:

Coda Is For Hand-Coders

Ha! You thought it had something to do with music?

I used to live and die by Dreamweaver’s WYSIWYG editor, but since I’ve learned HTML and CSS I’ve realized that it actually takes more time to navigate menus than it does to write code. Quicksilver anyone?

Coda does not have Dreamweaver’s Templates Capability

For those that don’t understand PHP (yet), Dreamweaver’s templates are an incredible timesaver – although confusing to work with once you start trying to get into things like nested templates. Code nerds now do the same sort of thing with SSI or PHP includes. If you take a look at Adobe’s source code you’ll see a few template tags.

Coda will not update your pages if you change the name or location of a file

Got 30 pages linking to companylogo.pngg? You’ll only be able to take that extra g off once if that particular link is on one of those includes.

If none of these things bother you, Coda is well worth the price

Especially when Dreamweaver’s is $399. Coda can be had at $79 for a limited time – then it goes to $99

Me – I don’t know PHP yet so I’m pretty much tied to Dreamweaver right now. But I think I see Coda in my future – maybe in 13 days.