MacRabbit Releases Espresso 1.0 for Web Developers

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MacRabbit announced the release of its new Web development program, Espresso 1.0, on Monday. Espresso 1.0 is a Web development program for Mac users that features complete editing, publishing and preview abilities.

Espresso 1.0 supports HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP as well as many third-party plug-ins. Designed for efficiency, Espresso 1.0 builds on its predecessor, CSSEdit.Espresso is available for €59.95 (US$81.71 as of this writing) at the company’s Web site.

Comments

davebarnes

I can not get excited about this.

I spend 4+ hours a day editing websites using Dreamweaver. I love the ability of DW to flip back and forth between “Design” view (aka WYIWYG) and code view. I do it without even thinking about it.

No one will take market share from DW until they deliver a WYSIWYG editor. And, please spare me “real developers only code at the source level” snarky comments.

GBledsoe

davebarnes, lighten up, dude. If you can’t say something nice..let your mom fill in the rest for you. Not everyone likes Dreamweaver. My son gave me a copy, and it lasted maybe eight hours before I trashed it. Not friendly to me. I had been using GoLive, but now that’s gone. I’m looking for new web development software, but this may or may not be what I’m looking for.

Torpedine

Sorry, davebarnes, but real developers only code at the source level. It’s true. DW is the perfect tool for the wannabe web designer without experience, working on static websites with no interaction.
Grow-up professionals need more control and less bells and whistles.

DanielDecker

davebarnes, et al, the difference - developers code the source, designers use WYSIWYG. Just like most developers aren’t good with Photoshop or Illustrator, most designers shy away from really coding.

geoduck

DanielDecker nailed it.
Developers and designers do different things and need different tools. Saying ‘real developers only code the source’ is akin to insisting that real architects only use a hammer and nails.

Gazzer

...is akin to insisting that real architects only use a hammer and nails.

Absolutely not. Good architects know their materials and design building with a good understanding of the structural elements that make it stand and last. The best webdesigners know both coding and design (hell, CSS and HTML are not that hard) so that the site is updateable, meets webstandards, is accessible to a range of users including the blind, is searchable by Google etc.

Saying “I’m a web designer, I don’t need to know about CSS and just need to use WYSIWYG” is synonymous with “I’m a web designer but not a very good one”

geoduck

Saying ?I?m a web designer, I don?t need to know about CSS and just need to use WYSIWYG? is synonymous with ?I?m a web designer but not a very good one?

I would agree 100%, the key word being only. I work WYSIWYG mostly but I write CSS, Javascript, and HTML code as I need. People who build things for the web should have a wide variety of skills.

There is unfortunately a tendency in computing to try to divide by the tool one uses and look down on those that use the more user friendly tool. I see it in, and was mostly responding to the comment by Torpedine that “real developers only code at the source level”.  I see it in how people who code in ‘real’ languages look down on those that use Visual Basic. I saw it years ago in programmers that looked down on those of us that learned Fortran when they coded in Machine Language. It’s dumb, biased, and shortsighted.

Use whatever tool works best. If it’s just a simple page with no higher functions then by all means use Espresso, or GoLive, or Dreamweaver. If you are working with a complex, DB enabled web application with all sorts of higher level functions, well then you’ll probably need to code Perl, Ruby, or Ajax, at the source level. That’s cool, use whatever tool does the job for you and are most comfortable with. I was mostly objecting to the artificial us/them division that the tool-snobs throw around.

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