When it comes to coding tools, web developers are spoiled for choice. Take your pick from dozens of commercial, free and open source editors including Sublime, Eclipse, Netbeans, Aptana, Visual Studio, Komodo, PSPad, Coda, Bluefish, gEdit, Emacs, Vim, Notepad++ and even Windows Notepad for all you coding masochists.
Do we need another option? Adobe thinks so and they’ve founded Brackets — an open-source MIT-licensed editor available at github.com/adobe/brackets.
What makes Brackets different is the Quick Edit option. Highlight an HTML tag and press Ctrl/Cmd + E; the HTML file splits in two and associated styles can be edited below the element:
It seems so natural — why didn’t anyone think of it before?!
Need more? Brackets offers a Live File Preview option which automatically refreshes your browser in real-time as you make changes to the HTML and CSS.
Brackets appears to be impressive, exciting and could revolutionize the way we write code. That’s not something you can say about many text editors. However, before you rush off to install Brackets, be aware that it’s a new project, not ready for general use and missing many features. For more information, refer to:
If you’d like to contribute to the development tasks, see:
Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.