November 17, 2008
With the release of WebCoder 2009, I'm hoping to bring WebCoder and phpCoder closer together. I want the best from both worlds, but as I mentioned in the very first blog post, I don't think that I will get that by putting both editors into one application. I want WebCoder to be the very best tool for creating and designing webpages, and I want phpCoder to be the very best tool for writing and testing PHP code. Obviously, both editors will overlap each other, but they will still be highly specialized, and I think that's a good thing. However, with the release of phpCoder 2008, I discovered that I'm not the only one who can see potential in using both editors. Several customers have purchased a license for both at the same time, and with WebCoder 2009, I wish to make that an even more obvious choice. How?
First of all, the WebCoder 2009 and phpCoder 2008 will be able to import each others project, and thereby save project information to the same file. This will allow both applications to inform the other when a project is changed, so that it can be reloaded. I have already implemented this, and it's working pretty well. Besides that, both applications will send a message picked up by the other, each time a file is saved. This allows you to work on the same file in both editors, and have the changes silently loaded in the other application. For instance, if you save the file in WebCoder, phpCoder will see if that specific file is currently open and if so, reload the content, making sure that cursor position etc. is preserved. I think that's a good basis for using both applications at the same time, but perhaps you have more ideas? I would love to hear them! :)
Second of all, I will be offering bundles with both applications, so that you can buy them both and get a nice discount at the same time, or even include SiteSync, for the ultimate web developer package :)