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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 10:54 AM   #1
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web work with a mac?

I need to seek advice and information on a couple of things.

Getting an iMac intel soon, and i figure I'll keep my pc for web work, but my sister is planning on using it more now for her work once I get my mac, (no worries, she's planning on having a mac in the future as well). So now I was wondering about a couple of things because I've never done web work from a mac.

1. I prefer writing the scripts and tags myself, so I was wondering if there is a free software out there for mac OS, simply for writing HTML, ASPs, etc. wherein the codes are colour coded, as well as run an FTP in the same program, unless there's a free FTP program out there for macs, that'd be fine too.


2. Could I install XP and mac OS and do a dual boot on the iMac?

3. Anything I need to know about doing web work on a mac and is there any differences?

4. Another thing I'm worried about is viruses, because it's so common with a pc especially when connected to the internet, (my mac at work is not connected by the way), should I be worried or consider sticking to a pc for web work and not connect my mac to the internet except for updates?
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 11:16 AM   #2
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a- There is a wide range of web programming apps out there now, everything from built in Comand line interface apps like emacs and VI to DreamweaverMX which is what i use. You can akso use a command line ftp built into MacOS as well.
There are a few free GUI web apps that arent as good as dreamweaver but do provide many features that might work for you.
Im sure someon will point them out shortly, or try versiontracker.com to p[oke around for yourself.
Also of course MacOOS has builtin Apache web server ffor testing your web stuff, and you can configure PHP/MySql or PosGres for free to run scripts and databases, which is also my area of interest.
But to make things more straightforward, I just do all my PHP and HTML in Dreamweaver, where you can tweak the code but don't have to worry about coding every tag by hand.
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 12:22 PM   #3
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I use skEdit when I code by hand. It includes FTP. It's not free - $24.95 USD, but that's a lifetime license. The author is very approachable and available if you have questions etc.

There is no difference creating web pages on the Mac as opposed to Windows. You are already aware of the various browser problems, but you code the same on both platforms.

I've had my Macs connected to the internet since the internet was a gleam in someone's eye and never had a virus or any other problems. The only people who have virus related problems are those that try to use virus software on their Mac

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1. I prefer writing the scripts and tags myself, so I was wondering if there is a free software out there for mac OS, simply for writing HTML, ASPs, etc. wherein the codes are colour coded, as well as run an FTP in the same program, unless there's a free FTP program out there for macs, that'd be fine too.
I use these three programs.
http://www.barebones.com/products/te...er/index.shtml <- for text editing
http://www.rbrowser.com/ <- for general FTP stuff
http://cyberduck.ch/ <- when I need to synchronize my site (since RBRowser doesn't)

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2. Could I install XP and mac OS and do a dual boot on the iMac?
Yes. Talk to your local dealer. Buy from someone who knows what's going on. Avoid the big-box store types who want to just sell you a box and push you out the door.

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3. Anything I need to know about doing web work on a mac and is there any differences?
Web pages render differently on Windows and Mac, as well as within Safari, FireFox, and IE. Preview all your pages in as many web browsers as possible.

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4. Another thing I'm worried about is viruses, because it's so common with a pc especially when connected to the internet, (my mac at work is not connected by the way), should I be worried or consider sticking to a pc for web work and not connect my mac to the internet except for updates?
No need to worry about Mac viruses. They don't exist. People who say they do generally don't know what they are talking about. Your Mac can sit on the internet just fine. With Windows, you are on your own dealing with those issues.
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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 12:36 PM   #5
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for ftp there is free program called Cyberduck. It is a great little app with a very intuitive interface. and did i mention its free! I have been a mac user for many many years but am finally moving my web development over from the PC. I was really hoping to find a program similar to Homesite for the PC. Its basically an HTML text editor with a tabbed interface and auto-tag completion.

Pretty basic app, but very nice for coding html/php etc... I hear a lot about BBEdit but does it have tag completion (gotta save those keystrokes!).

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For FTP on OSX Transmit is the best.
http://www.panic.com/transmit/
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I second the vote for TextWrangler. It has made me a happier person. :-)

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1. I prefer writing the scripts and tags myself, so I was wondering if there is a free software out there for mac OS, simply for writing HTML, ASPs, etc. wherein the codes are colour coded, as well as run an FTP in the same program, unless there's a free FTP program out there for macs, that'd be fine too.
PageSpinner!!!!!
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PageSpinner!!!!!
http://www.optima-system.com/pagespinner/
I like the looks of that one. I'll have to give it a whirl for my next web project.
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PageSpinner is my choice as well. I'm also a fan of CyberDuck.
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