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Adding to the toolset: Aptana

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 23, 2007

Aptana is a JavaScript editing and debugging tool.

As it’s based on Eclipse, it’s available for most platforms. Along with the JavaScript tools there’s also a Ruby on Rails plug-in, and support for Adobe’s AIR SDK.

The learning curve is quite short (and shorter still if you’ve used Eclipse or any other Eclipse-derived IDEs), and the code completion tools are efficient – and also work with any libraries you’re using. I’ve been using it to do some AJAX and JSON development for an article I’m working on, and I have to say it’s really rather decent. It’s helped me track down some rather silly formatting errors I made while I was writing code to work with Flickr’s JSON search API, saving me quite a bit of time. I also found the Outline view helpful as it let me quickly hop from function to function (and see what was calling what – and when).

A recommended tool.

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  1. ext_51987 said,

    +1 on that Simon. We’ve been using it in earnest on some projects at the office and for me the killer-punch is the excellent Javascript and HTML code completion facilities; and the debugger. Although I tend to just use Firebug alone rather than Aptana’s layer over the top of Firebug.
    Indeed I would say Firebug should be part of the essential toolkit for testing in Firefox.

  2. sbisson said,

    Yes, I’m a recent convert to the way of Firebug.

    It’ll be interesting to see how I can use it as part of the toolset I’m putting together for building hybrid AJAX/Flash AIR applications.


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