I think I’m finally converted to Cfeclipse. For those of you that don’t know, it’s an open source Cold Fusion IDE. I’ve been updating an old project and rebuilding the interface from scratch. I can honestly say that I’ve probably sped up my development by at least 50%, especially when dealing with CFC’s. It might not be for everyone, but I would recommend it to anyone who programs CFML for a living. So let me break down the pros and cons, and you can judge for yourself if you want to give it a try.
- Loads faster and seems more stable than Dreamweaver
- Code Folding, code folding, code folding.
- Doesn’t require registry altering install, so easy to remove.
- New feature sets install very easily.
- Features are added often.
- Requires Java, and can be temperamental to install if you don’t have the right version.
- Doesn’t appear to like UNC notation.
- It’s an open source beta, so your stability mileage may vary.
- Doesn’t handle web design.
If you’re comfortable doing a little work to get your programming environment setup and mostly code CF instead of designing (or you’re properly using web standards to yield lightweight interface code,) then I would tell you to give it a shot. On the other hand if moving to Firefox seemed a bit edgy for you, I would stick to Dreamweaver.