Following a Quick Poll several months ago in which TechRepublic members were asked to name their favorite Web development tool, we received heaps of e-mail from folks who didn't use the four listed options: Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, JBuilder, and ColdFusion.
In a follow-up article, "Are you using one of the 'Other' Web development tools?", we listed the suggestions of TechRepublic members who weighed in on their favorite Web development tool. It was no surprise to us, though, when after we posted that article, more e-mail came in, declaring that we'd left someone's favorite off the list.
The updated list
The following is a complete list of the "other" Web development tools our members have recommended. The products in bold are the most recent additions.
While some are well-known "power tools," others are simple (and free!) text editors. Most members wrote that they used more than one tool and had a full arsenal of favorites for working in different arenas.
- 1st Page 2000 (Evrsoft)
This freeware Web authoring and programming package can scale to the user's skill level, with modes ranging from "beginner" to "hardcore."
- AceHTML (Visicom Media)
Member Bruce Bell said he switched from Homesite to this set of tools for building and managing a Web site because "it is less of a system hog."
- Arachnophilia 4.0 (Arachnoid)
Matthew Kipp, a Web support specialist, said that for "hand coding," Arachnophilia is "the best editor out there."
- Araneae (Araneae)
David Thomas said he uses Araneae "for straight HTML and XML text editing." The free program has been translated into 20 languages.
- CourseBuilder (Macromedia)
Free extension for Dreamweaver 4 and UltraDev 4 for the creation of interactive pages with Web-based learning content.
- CuteFTP Pro (GlobalSCAPE Content Management)
This product allows you to Zip files on upload, download from multiple sites while uploading or browsing, edit HTML on the fly, automatically update Web content, automate routine tasks, and customize critical data management processes.
- Domino (Lotus)
Domino is an integrated messaging and Web application software platform. The first public beta of the next release of Domino, code-named Rnext, is available for download.
- EasyASP (EasyASP)
A free comprehensive Web editor software application that compares itself to Homesite.
- EditML (NetBryx Technologies)
A Windows-based editor for creating XML documents.
- EditPlus (ES-Computing)
This is an Internet-ready, 32-bit text editor, HTML editor, and programmer’s editor for Windows. A trial version is available for download.
- Emacs (GNU)
This free software bills itself as an "extensible, customizable, self-documenting, real-time display editor."
- Fireworks (Macromedia)
A set of bitmap and vector tools for creating, editing, and animating Web graphics.
- Flash (Macromedia)
Software for designing and delivering low-bandwidth animations, presentations, and Web sites.
- Forte (Sun Microsystems)
Forte is a suite of software development tools to create and maintain C, C++, and Fortran applications.
- GoLive (Adobe)
Professional Web authoring and site development package for creating dynamic, database-driven Web sites; free trial version available for download.
- HomeSite (Macromedia)
Lightweight text editor; free trial download available.
- HotDog (Sausage Software)
- HoTMetaL Pro (SoftQuad)
A Web site development environment with editing, site management, and publishing tools.
- HTML-Kit (Chami)
Several members recommended HTML-Kit. TechRepublic member Michael J. Hawkins, Jr., characterized it as being "created by developers, for developers." Jaz-Michael King said it's good for HTML validation, remote file browsing, and offers many plug-in templates for use with your choice of scripting or mark-up language.
- LiveMotion (Adobe)
- Magic eDeveloper (Magic Software Enterprises)
TechRepublic member Russell Hill calls Magic eDeveloper a “rapid cross-database, cross-platform Web development tool."
- Namo WebEditor 5 (Namo Interactive)
WebEditor 5 offers tools to design, build, manage, and publish Web sites.
- NetObjects Fusion (NetObjects, Inc.)
There was a cry from many members for NetObjects Fusion to be added to the list. "It's GUI-based and probably the fastest and easiest way to develop and publish a site," said Marvin Stewart. Member Matthew Kipp, a Web support specialist, said he uses it "for quick and dirty Web sites."
- Paint Shop Pro (Jasc Software)
Jaz-Michael King said that for Web-only graphics, Paint Shop Pro is hard to beat. Paint Shop Pro is an image viewing, editing, and conversion program that supports more than 30 image formats.
- PowerSite (Sybase)
A suite of tools for creating distributed, component-based Web applications, PowerSite is an "archived" product now included in Sybase's PowerJ and PowerBuilder suites.
- SAS/IntrNet (SAS/IntrNet)
A variety of tools for building dynamic Web applications.
- Stone's WebWriter (Stone's Software)
Christian Budde calls WebWriter “a good and cheap HTML editor." The product boasts easy-to-use dialogues, right-click editing, code completion, and syntax highlighting, so you can get started without knowing HTML.
- NoteTab Pro (Fookes Software)
Jaz-Michael King said Super NoteTab pro is the "best multipurpose text editor ever made.”
- Swish-E (GNU General Public License)
A free system for indexing collections of Web pages or other files.
- TextPad (Helios Software Solutions)
This application is a general-purpose editor for plain text files.
- UltraDev (Macromedia)
Facilitates the development of database-driven Web applications in a visual environment (using ASP, JSP, and CFML).
- Visual InterDev (Microsoft)
Formerly Microsoft's Internet Studio, this product offers a visual development environment including a database support package.
- Web Easy (ixla)
Design software geared toward small business, entrepreneurs, and home users. No HTML programming or technical skills are required.
- WebSite Complete 5.0 (GoDaddy)
"Even though the product has its limits, it is a good program to use for the inexperienced Web designer," said TechRepublic member Rick Gregory, CEO for SCPT.com. "Working with the program, the user can create a professional-looking site."
- WebSphere Studio (IBM)
Suite of integrated tools for content authors, graphic artists, programmers, and Webmasters.
- Xara X (Xara Ltd.)
This graphics software for creating vector Web graphics and animations is "inexpensive and very easy to use," said member Wesley Jerome.
- XMetaL (SoftQuad)
XML editor and content application development platform.
- XML Spy (Altova)
"If you do anything with XML/XSTL, I would suggest looking at XMLSpy," said Jeffery Simmons, an Internet applications developer who has started using the product as an HTML and ASP editor in place of InterDev.
- XMLwriter (Wattle Software)
XML editor for Windows; a fully functional version is available for download for a 30-day evaluation.
- Zope (Zope)
This open-source product is used for developing content-management applications.
Still don't think this list is complete?
If you can't find your favorite Web development tool on the list, send us an e-mail with the product name, description, and Web link, or post your comments below.