September 23, 2008
Ahh, just writing the title of this blog entry makes me excited :). I have been thinking a lot about WebCoder ever since phpCoder was released, about new features of course, but mostly about the direction that I wanted to take WebCoder. Should WebCoder continue to be the big brother for WebPad.NET and phpCoder, and if so, should it have all of the PHP functions found in phpCoder, to be as all-round as possible? You may think that it's an easy question to answer, but it really isn't. A lot of people are depending on WebCoder, and I'm sure that everyone has different wishes for how the next version should look. That's all great, but since a lot of these wishes will obviously be mutually exclusive, I will have to make a general decision on how to proceed. I have to think long and hard about which features should be implemented in which editors, and each time, they have to fit in with the general direction that I wish to take. Some of you will probably say something like "Don't decide, just make one huge, SuperCoder, that does it all", but it's not that easy. The thing will get bloated, with heavy load times and an interface that is difficult to use.
I believe more in specialized applications, but WebCoder 2007 isn't that specialized. It's pretty good at a bunch of things, and overall a very pleasant editor to work with, if you ask me, but I want to do more with it. WebCoder 2009 should hopefully prove this, with it's very strong focus on being the absolutely best place to work with HTML and CSS. In the upcoming blog posts, I will show you just exactly what I mean by that, and I'm pretty sure that you won't be disappointed.
This was just an introduction. The first part of this "making of WebCoder 2009" series will be posted shortly. Stay tuned! :)