Friday, July 28th, 2006

Aptana: New Web IDE in Beta

Category: Ajax, Aptana, Utility

<p>Fred Anderson pointed us to Aptana, a new web IDE based on Eclipse.

They provide some nice screencasts of the functionality, and in the documentation they list “hot-To’s” for Many of the frameworks.

Features

  • Code Assist on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS languages, including your own JavaScript functions
  • Outliner that gives a snapshot view of your JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code structure
  • Error and warning notification for your code
  • Support for Aptana UI customization and extensions
  • Cross-platform support
  • Free and open source. (Source available soon)

Aptana

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Wow, where did this come from? Impressive beginning guys — really slick.

Comment by Jon — July 28, 2006

why not just create modules for something like netbeans to validate js and other AJAX functions?

Comment by krazykarl — July 28, 2006

why not just create modules for something like netbeans to validate js and other AJAX functions??

Comment by krazykarl — July 28, 2006

is it for free ??

Comment by CrOOger — July 28, 2006

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Pingback by DataWebTect » Blog Archive » Aptana the Ajaxian IDE — July 28, 2006

Awesome product………..

Comment by Frank Stepanski — July 28, 2006

This appears to be a custom job at taking the open source Eclipse IDE http://www.eclipse.org/. I don’t know how much custom work was done to create this new product.

I was hoping by the title for an IDE that actually runs in a browser with Ajax. Oh well.

Comment by Chris Felton — July 28, 2006

This is free and open source, as it mentions in the post. It’s the same license as Eclipse.

I’m impressed. They have a great looking, easy to navigate site, documentation (on an early stage open source project!), screencasts, and the project itself is pretty darn useful even at this early stage. In a lot of ways, it’s already better than JSEclipse!

Would love to be able to use the javascript features in RadRails, another custom Eclipse job.

Comment by Jon — July 28, 2006

Awesome product! I was working with JSEclipse for some months but this plugin rocks like h**l. In a quarter of an hour i discovered more useful features than imaginable.. Great work!

Comment by .mario — July 28, 2006

excellent. only wish i could figure out how to make it create XHTML 1.1 instead of HTML 4.01. The documentation is wrong.

Any clues?

Comment by Vance Dubberly — July 28, 2006

fantastic!

Comment by Ken Fehling — July 28, 2006

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Pingback by Aptana: New Web IDE in Beta — July 29, 2006

Really interesting, but something’s still so far from JSEclipse features.
Just one example: the Code Assist doesn’t yet seems to assist you at all for DOM methods, that’s likely what you 90% of the times ask from the Code Completion feature of your IDE.

Comment by Andrea Martines — July 29, 2006

Hi Guys–thanks for the great feedback and encouragement. We’re taking suggestions for our next round of features, so please post any thoughts on our forums.

Andrea–We’ve tried very hard to include every possible DOM method out there (across 5 browsers, even!), so I’m puzzled why you don’t see them. If you have a moment to submit a ticket or post on our forums we’d like to help you resolve it.

Comment by Ingo Muschenetz — July 29, 2006

I was a beta tester during the beta period and I really enjoyed using Aptana; it has given me a large productivity improvement, especially the Outline View of large JavaScript files. Disclosure: I was paid during the beta period to provide feedback on Aptana, but quickly got addicted to it’s functionality and now use it on my own.

Comment by Brad Neuberg — July 30, 2006

I downloaded Aptana this weekend after Dreamweaver spazzed out on me and I saw a reference to Aptana…somewhere. Anyway, great product, used it this weekend to complete my deadlinetastic project and really enjoyed it a lot, particularly since I was building front-end design prototypes with quite a lot of DOM scripting animation effects etc using Jquery (and interface). I’m not a coder (yet) so Aptana really helped. Fantastic product and I think I’ll switch to using it full-time since it is a better match to my current requirements, that is to say designing rich web application interfaces with all sorts of fun DOM/JS libraries…

Comment by Rik — July 30, 2006

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Pingback by Will’s Blog » Blog Archive » Aptana - A JavaScript IDE — July 30, 2006

Nice Recommendation!!! Though I am using Dreamweaver currently, I may try to switch the coming project to Aptana (especially when writing many many Javascripts).

Comment by Simson — July 31, 2006

Wow!! This is an impressive bit of kit. I am just starting to work with MochiKit for a project at work and Visual Studio is pants at giving me decent realtime feedback on my javascript (though pretty reasonable at debugging at runtime). Downloading and running this has just saved me around 2 hours already. Well worth a look.

Comment by Mic Tyler — July 31, 2006

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Pingback by Intenta » Blog Archive » Aptana, un IDE para la web 2.0 — July 31, 2006

just downloaded it today. it’s one of the nicest js IDE i’ve ever used. I’m running it on windows, it loads kinda slow, but once its loaded, the interfaces run pretty smooth.

Comment by Simon — August 1, 2006

where can i get it?

Comment by user — August 1, 2006

impressive

Comment by rcassicura — August 3, 2006

Great looking IDE, and it reminds me a lot of Visual Studio. Not for the slow computer’d though. Im on an ancient machine at work and get a good 2 min wait before I’m actually able to use it again. If you have a decent computer or dont mind the wait, you should definitly check this out.

Comment by Shaun Smith — August 4, 2006

I’m running it on Gentoo, Eclipse seems to be a lot faster on Linux (especially on Gentoo) than on Windows. It has already become my main IDE for Web stuff, altough it’s a bit buggy. What I really miss, is support for php. I don’t really need code completion, but syntax coloring is a must, otherwise it gets pretty messy. But they said they’d add support for php, asp and more in an upcoming release. This will definetely be hot!

Comment by martin — August 5, 2006

This is realy great . But I wanted a code indenter for my garbage code. I cannot find it there. I think anyone can build a code indenter, there is a action creater to do this kind of jobs. I believe someone will successfully implement the indenter.

Comment by Kamanashis Roy — August 30, 2006

Because the deadline comes nearer and Dreamweaver is a pain in the ass with JavaScript and some hundred lines of code, I’ve tested some JavaScript IDEs…
Aptana is the best IDE this time for JavaScript. I’ve tested a lot from 1st JavaScript Editor, JsEclipse, Intelli Idea… I miss only a debugger but as I saw this is planned for one of the next milestones.

Very good work!

Comment by Frank — October 6, 2006

aptana is really really good but i think they should’ve nailed down code coloring #1. that’s perhaps the most basic way programmers make any heads or tails out of code… and i feel aptana’s code coloring is limited…it needs better support for php code coloring. the code complete isn’t a big deal but the coloring is. it need some work to beat dreamweaver in my mind but it should do it. i just wish it had some of the basics covered to start with…i’d love it but i’m on the fence now between DW and Aptana because Aptana went for the really complex javascript and html code assist stuff first before the basics… it will not automatically switch color code when it runs into a block as DW does…that’s just silly to have one color set based on the file name…we don’t develop applications like that anymore. Web applications often use css/xhtml/javascript/php all in one file now.

Comment by Tom — December 23, 2006

It’s the best editor I have ever used. Even though it is built upon Eclipse which is famous for not being that fastest application around.

But else than that: Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed!

Comment by Martin — February 28, 2007

Guys, I really, really like Aptana. I hope you will finish this guys and released sooner. I am creating an open-source softwares integration now with ajax support such as jquery, scriptaculous and im not that advance on that field. But with the help of Aptana i can develop ajax applications faster. I like your smart completion lookup as values for the attributes, intelligent almost the same as intellij. I hope css is allowed to be dropped not only with js and html.

But honestly, all the community will crave for your Aptana IDE. This will be the next number one Web ajax ide.

Thanks for this GUYS.

Comment by Allan — May 1, 2007

one more, this makes us continually uses dreamweaver and like intellij, is the css color palette. it would be better if this would be added for css support :-)

Comment by Allan — May 1, 2007

Aptana is the best IDE this time for JavaScript. I’ve tested a lot from 1st JavaScript Editor, JsEclipse, Intelli Idea… I miss only a debugger but as I saw this is planned for one of the next milestones.

Very good work!

Comment by IP — May 16, 2007

Really interesting, but something’s still so far from JSEclipse features.
Just one example: the Code Assist doesn’t yet seems to assist you at all for DOM methods, that’s likely what you 90% of the times ask from the Code Completion feature of your IDE.

Comment by 対策 — May 29, 2007

Aptana has changed the way I develop applications. I totally love all the features so far. I am already seeing this tool a few versions from now! Oh, and the references on the support section, very handy.

One thing though, just don’t get bought up by one of those complicated companies…

Comment by Saif Khan - Speedimpex USA, Inc. — June 11, 2007

I have started using Aptana for Rails.
Its really cool.

And with latest version they have php support, thats cool

Comment by asutosh — August 27, 2007

Really cool, I like it.

Comment by Matching — August 29, 2007

cool, I like it.

Comment by 迷你倉 — September 26, 2007

Nice tool. Code Assist on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS languages, including your own JavaScript functions are very cool :-)

Comment by SEO対策 — November 7, 2007

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