May 17th, 2007

Mac appz #2, web programming edition

The second part of this little series about my favorite mac applications is all about web design and development on the Mac. Programs like CSSEdit or Transmit show that there are great tools no other operating system can offer. On the other hand, people switching from Windows or Linux don’t have to abandon the use of XAMPP or Zend Studio, as they are available for Mac too.

XAMPP

XAMPP

The first thing you need in order to create dynamical pages is a web server. If you don’t have one online you can set up your own locally … for free!

XAMPP for Mac OS X is a fully pre-configured and easy-to-setup web server which is also available for Windows and Linux. It is installed within a few minutes and includes all you need to build a local development environment.

The distribution for Mac OS X contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP & PEAR, SQLite, Perl, ProFTPD, phpMyAdmin, OpenSSL, GD, Freetype2, libjpeg, libpng, zlib, Ming, Webalizer, mod_perl, eAccelerator, phpSQLiteAdmin.

CSSEdit 2.5

CSSEdit 2.5

Editing CSS can be painful – you need to know all the commands and their meanings and the result looks different in every browser. CSSEdit 2.5 is an impressive editor with a lot of features and a nice-looking interface that helps you creating your style sheets.

I can highly recommend it, for both beginners and advanced users. If you run Mac OS X, take the opportunity to try this app since there is no comparable CSS editor for windows.

The latest version 2.5 comes with Live Preview, W3C validation, Selection builder and a lot more. It is free to try, the full version costs $29.95.

Transmit

Coming soon …

Zend Development Environment

Coming soon …



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