Bridget got me rambling about Web development tools on another thread, and now I’m wondering what the kids are using to write their Web sites these days. Over there, we mentioned Nvu, Dreamweaver, GoLive, BBEdit, and TextMate.
I use BBEdit myself, but it’s kind of pricey and I’m not a big fan of the user interface (though I haven’t upgraded to the latest version, on which the interface may finally be better; I’m just sick of paying for upgrades all the time). I’d probably prefer a dedicated Web editor, but nothing that offers only WYSIWYG. (I have never met a WYSIWYG editor that generated code I would use on my dog’s site. If I had a dog.) Suggestions?
Also, for those of you who use Firefox and have tricked it out with Web development–related extensions, bookmarklets, and Greasemonkey scripts, what accoutrements are you sporting? I installed the following extensions last week, most of which I haven’t yet had time to play with: Web Developer, Fangs, HTML Validator, Link Checker, CSSViewer, Colorzilla, EditCSS, and Clippings. I’ve also got the Slayeroffice suite of bookmarklets. I learned about most of these from Leslie Franke’s Rapid Web Development and Testing with Mozilla Firefox. I also picked up some stuff from Alex Bailey’s 20 FireFox Extensions That Every Web Designer Should Know About.
And, of course, what relevant blogs or news sites do you read? I get A List Apart and lumino.us, but that’s about it. I unsubscribed from a huge pile of Web development–related sites when I figured I’d never do that kind of work professionally again, and now I can’t recall what any of them were.
(Also, now that I’m no longer bound by Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate, what do you think—Web site, web site, Website, or website? I think I used to prefer website, but I honestly don’t remember.)