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Aptana : Source code editor for js, jsp, html, css

Posted by sureshkrishna on January 1, 2007

I have recently used the Aptana Source code editor. Its been almost from 2 months i have been using  this editor.  Somehow i am quite impressed with the performance and the features provided by the Aptana editor. Initially i just used the standalone IDE from Aptana. I pirmarily used it for editing the javascript files for Web 2.0. Initially i really used it for the syntax highlighting, outline view with the structure, code completion stuff and i found it was really really great. Honestly i was actually asking my team too to adopt the same.

I was actually very very happy that its based on the Eclipse as i love eclipse and i am an eclipse evangelist. And some time in mid of November i got to know that Aptana has released the source code to the eclipse under EPL. So the Aptana is EPLed.  Wow for me personally i feel great to see more and more projects joining the Eclipse community. The only thing i did not like about it is that, its under the perforce. So inevitable i need to download the perforce client. But you always need to do some initial setting, as always with the software 🙂

I had to start a Web 2.0 project recently and i need to design an IDE. We had some project artifacts (AJAX Runtime) and some proprietary info to be associated, a typical product developement company’s proprietary files, some js, htmls, etc… So the first impression was to get the WST from Eclipse. But i was sure that Aptana provides much better editability, so i just saw how i can really integrate the Aptana into Eclipse. Aptana eclipse IDE has a feature that can be installed as a normal eclipse feature. So, is you really want to have the cool features, to edit the files of Web 2.0 files, then you better to have the Aptana working for you. I was just wondering why the WST project has not come up to the expectations. Probably for the J2EE stuff, may be its fine but for the source file editing, i am not sure of the meturity of the WST plug-ins.

Anyway some how the WST is toooo huge, i am not sure why… if i want to have a product built on the thus, i would think twice… Even though the now-a-days desktops and laptops are fully equipped with more RAM, most customers are expecting the IDEs to be very very compact 🙂

In my experience Aptana IDE is cute, small and does good work for you.

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9 Responses to “Aptana : Source code editor for js, jsp, html, css”

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    Hello, I am trying to use Aptana plugin in Eclipse for J2EE Developers 3.6 Helios package to edit JSP files which have embedded jquery code in it. Could you tell me how can I configure aptana so that it provides java intellisense as well as jquery intellisense in the JSP editor ?

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