Ubuntu – Basic Web Development IDE/Editor like Dreamweaver?


I've used Windows for many years, using Dreamweaver as my editor as it had a file tree which is based on a project (via Local, FTP or SFTP).

I need a web development IDE with the following functionality:

  • syntax highlighting for PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

  • file treeLocal, FTP, SFTP, Project-Based (e.g. via the methods of Local/FTP/SFTP) in other words, like Dreamweaver

  • can open multiple files (tabbed)

Additionally, I wouldn't mind features like debugging, class listings, etc, as long as I can hide them away.

Best Answer

  • Even when I added the accepted answer at the question mentioned by @fossfreedom, more precisely at Dreamweaver alternative in ubuntu?, in the comments of your question. I must accept that I didn't notice before the existence of Aptana Studio.

    I include here a few screenshots for you, covering some of the points of your interest.

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    Syntax Highlight for PHP:

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    Syntax Highlight for HTML:

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    Syntax Highlight for CSS:

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    Syntax Highlight for Javascript

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    File tree illustrated in these screenshots and this examples:

    Project Explorer:

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    Application Explorer:

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    Multi-Tabbed files

    illustrated in the above screenshots.

    I have noticed that there is support for FTP/SFTP file browsing/management but these are features that I don't use so I can't provide further details but I am sure you will find it in the Aptana Studio site.

    In my experience, I stopped using all these tools that I formerly used in order to start enjoying this excellent application, that tops all the other similar alternatives.

    I suggest you to try it. Is as easy as download and run, or follow the instructions of the producers in order to have this application installed and running in your system. For me is good to have it inside of my home folder, from where I start it by double clicking the program's icon. The application will find its updates and download to the appropriate folder when necessary.

    There are several alternatives, like those mentioned in the previous questions, including those that features WYSIWYG editors. But this is also a great alternative.

    Good luck!

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