Archive for June, 2007

Adobe rename Apollo Aptana integrates it with IDE

Posted in Web Development on June 12, 2007 by Shaun

Adobe have officially renamed Apollo to AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime), just as I was getting used to Apollo.  I guess it’s a marketing thing and we’ll all get used to it soon enough.

Not surprising, is the speed at which the Aptana team have integrated Adobe AIR into the Aptana IDE.  So long as you have the latest SDK from Adobe, you can update your existing Aptana IDE to the latest Milestone 8b release. Eclipse plugin users can get these benefits too by updating the Aptana plugin.

Once updated you may need to go get the Adobe AIR plugin to enable all the functionality.  It’s all reasonably simple to get up and running Visit the Aptana web site for full details on installing AIR and if you haven’t already been converted, you’ll get all the info on the Aptana IDE from there too.

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New Old Kid on the block…

Posted in Web Development on June 12, 2007 by Shaun

I’m sure you’ve already heard the news, a new player has entered the windows web browser game.  Apple have finally released a version of Safari that runs on Windows.  I have installed it on a Windows 2003 server and it runs nice.  In fact I am writing this very entry from my wordpress dashboard, loaded in Safari.As far as looks go, it looks like Safari, think iTunes and you are pretty much there.  Grey minimalist UI allows you to browse to web pages and performs really well.A quick test this morning using a performance intensive piece of code from some recent development we are doing at work, showed Safari to actually render faster than Firefox.I’m mildly impressed with this browser and now it’s available for us Windows users I’m hoping that it will allow us to improve our web development by being able to properly target and test IE, Firefox, Opera and Safari.  All I need to do now  is find some decent tools to allow me to debug Opera and Safari properly, any ideas?  http://www.apple.com/safari/download/

Aptana reaches Milestone 8b

Posted in Web Development on June 7, 2007 by Shaun

The Apatana development IDE has reached Milestone 8b and yesterday saw a pretty major update with loads of changes and fixes.

I’ve raved about Aptana before and I’ll keep raving about it as it really has raised the bar for JavaScript development IDE’s. I think even Microsoft will struggle to improve Visual Studio’s JavaScript handling to match Aptana.

Some of the nice touches in it’s latest version are IE AND Firefox preview tabs so you can develop your HTML pages and preview them there and then in the IDE. Nice to have Firefox available as an option for thet too. The colourization options have ungdergone a massive overhall so you can set Aptana up to colourize your code any way you like, and like Visual Studio 2005 you can export and import your settings so you only have to tweak once for home and you can import them at work.

There’s a bit of a buzz building up around a new IE debugger they are going to be adding in. I’m hoping to get on the testing team for that. Anything that can debug IE is welcome and if they add in any of the features that FireBug has in it then we are in for a treat.
I know that you can debug IE with Visual Studio and the IE script debugger tools but to be honest, if you don’t already own Visual Studio or have it at work, it’s a lot of money to fork out when Aptana is entirely free.

I have moved over to using the Eclipse IDE as my main development environment, mainly because almost all my development is in JavaScript at the moment but I shall be learning Java this year and Eclips handles it all. Aptana has been added to my Eclips installation as a plugin and it works superbly. I can extend Aptana and Eclipse myself if I see something is missing that I need and again they are all completely free. :0)

I hope to get a short article together that detils how to get the Firefox preview pane added to Aptana in the next day or so.