December 24, 2012
I would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! In 2012 I spent most of my time developing TSW WebCoder 2013, which was finally released in its first beta version only a week ago, and even this close to Christmas, I'm working hard on bringing you beta 2. The beta forum is already buzzing with activity, and therefore I would like to send a special warm Christmas greeting to the active and invaluable beta testers - you guys rock!
2012 was an active year here on the blog as well, and in case you missed some of the great posts on the new functionality of WebCoder 2013, I suggest you give it a read now.
I will have beta 2 ready for you soon, but for now, have a very merry Christmas and an excellent New Year!
December 17, 2012
It's with great pleasure that I can finally announce the first beta version of TSW WebCoder 2013. In case this is the first time you hear about this new version of WebCoder, I suggest that you have a look right here on the blog, where I have been posting information about it for almost a year now, during the development phase.
I feel confident when I say that this will be the absolute best WebCoder ever, but to become perfect, it requires some testing. It will once again be an open beta test, where everyone can participate, but this time I added a small requirement: You have to be member of the beta forum, where feedback should be posted, to download get the download link. Fortunately, registering is extremely easy, and even easier if you have a Facebook, Twitter or Google account that you can sign in with. Hopefully this will get the maximum amount of feedback possible!
I created a small information page for the beta process. It will be a pretty static page containing advice and information, as well as links to the beta forum and a download link to the latest beta build. I will of course be posting about new releases here on the blog too, as well as on Facebook.
As always, the most active beta testers will be rewarded with a free license for TSW WebCoder 2013 Professional, once the final version has been released.
So, what are you waiting for? Go get the first beta version and let me know what you think!
> TSW WebCoder 2013 beta area (information & download)
Looking very much forward to hearing what you think of it :)
December 6, 2012
First of all: This is the last post in this series before the first beta version. It's been a long process, but my TODO list is finally down to a few items and all that's left is to finish it up and get it ready for you to test it. Expect it before Christmas :)
Code navigation is obviously an important aspect of every editor, and while previous version has had some of it, like "Navigate to identifier" and "Identifier search", WebCoder 2013 will do more on this area as well, with Navigation and Navigation History. Both can be accessed from the Ribbon, but most of the functionality will of course be fastest and most convenient to use with keyboard shortcuts.
First, Navigation. It's all about quickly navigating through your code, from tag to tag, function to function and so on. Here's how the menu looks:
Navigating to the next tag and then selecting it and all the way through its end tag can now be done with two key strokes. Jumping through the functions of a long PHP class or the selectors of a huge CSS file can now be done easier than ever before. These are my ideas for navigation functionality - perhaps you have some ideas as well? Let's talk about how this function might be expanded once the beta hits the site and you're able to try this out for yourself.
In the meantime, let's talk about the Navigation History, which looks like this:
The Navigation History tries to track the interesting places that you visit in your open files and then lets you navigate back and forth in them using the back and forward functions or the overview, as shown on the screenshot. Very handy!
These are some of the code navigation improvements in WebCoder 2013. Hope you like it all, because you will soon get a chance to try it out. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, let me know what you think of it all :)