written by: S. R. Obbayi•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 8/19/2010
Finding the right tools for the job is always a concern for the web developer. Could Aptana Studio be a lasting solution to the ever changing needs of a web developer? Read this review to find out what it has to offer.
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Aptana Studio provides a DOM outline of your HTML code. This breaks down you code into the tag sections and this is great for checking out the element hierarchy of your HTML documents.
You can choose to use Aptana Studio to directly access your server through FTP. If you prefer to work off a shared repository, Aptana studio offers support for subversion, Git, bazaar and other code sharing and collaboration services.
Anytime as you work you can always check out a live preview of your work by using the tabs at the bottom of the editor and see how your work looks in different browsers.
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The very nature of Aptana Studio makes it extremely extensible. This web application IDE has support for plugins that make its capabilities virtually limitless. There are plugins that allow you to install a Nokia Simulator for developing Nokia WRT applications. With Aptana studio you can have more control over your PHP and Python code through additional plugins. For the advanced developer, you could easily come up with custom plugins to meet your needs. Aptana studio itself can be installed as a plugin to Eclipse. Aptana studio also comes with tight integration with the Aptana cloud and has a built in Jaxer server. You can read more about the Aptana Cloud here.
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There are two areas you cannot ignore when it comes to the performance evaluation of Aptana Studio. It has a huge appetite for memory.This slows the IDE significantly when doing an initial launch. Once you launch Aptana Studio and close it, from then on, the time to relaunch significantly goes down. Other than that minor issue, Aptana Studio is extremely stable. It has quick response on the intellisense features, rendering of code and debugging.
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Ease of Use
Aptana Studio is remarkably easy to use. One does not need any lengthy manuals to get up to speed on anything you what to do using this IDE. That is the advantage you get of not having a visual editor. The general features are unobtrusive; they work well without getting in the way and they work well. What you do not know, the IDE will guide you as you work along. So any developer with basic skills using a text editor can make use of Aptana comfortably.
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The verdict of this Aptana Studio review: Aptana Studio is definitely at the top of the command chain as far a web development tools go. There are hardly any other IDEs that match up to what Aptana Studio can do. Its single most significant draw back is the lack of a visual editor but with time you realize that without it you are in no way disadvantaged as Aptana Studio will practically guide you along. The other minor draw back is the memory consumption which leaves you with no guarantees when working with older computer hardware. Compare Aptana with other XHTML authoring tools here.