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TSW WebCoder 2013 final beta 2 released

February 23, 2013

The skilled beta testers quickly found some minor issues in final beta 1, along with a single but more annoying problem. Therefore I have decided to quickly push out all the fixes made during the week, to provide you with an even more stable version of WebCoder 2013 to work with. Keep up the great work, beta testers!

> TSW WebCoder 2013 beta area (information & download)

Thank you for participating in the beta test and be sure to report the problems you find. 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. Enjoy!

Kasper (TSW) @ 3:35 pm in TSW,WebCoder

TSW WebCoder 2013 final beta 1 released

February 19, 2013

During the last couple of months of beta testing, the amount of bugs reported has slowly declined and I think that WebCoder 2013 is now ready for the next step: The final beta label. This means that the focus is now more than ever on bug fixing and getting a finished product ready for you guys. Let's find those last bugs and get rid of them!

The first draft of the WebCoder 2013 documentation is also included in this build, meaning that you can finally use the Help/F1 button. Please do let me know if you find any errors in the help or if you think that a certain subject is missing.

> TSW WebCoder 2013 beta area (information & download)

Thank you for participating in the beta test and be sure to report the problems you find. 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. Enjoy!

Kasper (TSW) @ 5:39 pm in TSW,WebCoder

TSW WebCoder 2013 beta 4 released

February 8, 2013

Beta 4 has just been released with a range of bug fixes, adjustments and improvements. Get the best WebCoder 2013 experience by downloading it already now, and be sure to allow WebCoder to refresh your old data files, so you can benefit from all the changes.

> TSW WebCoder 2013 beta area (information & download)

Thank you for participating in the beta test and be sure to report the problems you find. 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. Enjoy!

Kasper (TSW) @ 4:51 pm in TSW,WebCoder

TSW WebCoder 2013 beta 3 released

January 18, 2013

The third beta version has just been released, once again with many bug fixes and improvements. An upgrade is once again recommended, for a smoother WebCoder 2013 experience.

> TSW WebCoder 2013 beta area (information & download)

Thank you for participating in the beta test and be sure to report the problems you find. 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. Enjoy!

Kasper (TSW) @ 3:23 pm in TSW,WebCoder

TSW WebCoder 2013 beta 2 released

January 2, 2013

The second beta version of TSW WebCoder 2013 has just been released, containing the fix for a number of bugs as well as some feature adjustments. I suggest that you all upgrade, as it should be a big improvement from the first beta version.

> TSW WebCoder 2013 beta area (information & download)

Thank you for participating in the beta test and be sure to report the problems you find. 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. Enjoy!

Kasper (TSW) @ 7:09 pm in TSW,WebCoder

TSW WebCoder 2013 beta 1 released

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 :)

Kasper (TSW) @ 2:55 pm in TSW,WebCoder

The making of TSW WebCoder 2013 part 15 – Code navigation

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:

webcoder_navigation

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:

webcoder_navigation_history

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 :)

Kasper (TSW) @ 8:54 pm in TSW,WebCoder

The making of TSW WebCoder 2013 part 14 – PHP Development Server

November 20, 2012

In version 5.4 of PHP, the team behind PHP did something really, really great: They included a built-in webserver. This means that you can now test your PHP code on your Windows machine without having to run a full-blown webserver like Apache. This also saves you from having to setup Apache and PHP to work together - everything can now be done by downloading PHP and running a simple command. TSW WebCoder 2013 takes full advantage of this - the PHP Development Server has been thought into all parts of this version. You can preview and even debug your PHP code in WebCoder through this built-in webserver, and the best part is that WebCoder can set it all up for you!

First of all, whenever you try to debug or preview a PHP file, WebCoder will check for a valid server mapping. If none is found, you will be presented with a dialog like this (the values are automatically filled, based on the location of your file):

webcoder2013_preview_php

With a single click you can either start up a new Development Server instance and have your code previewed through it, or you can create a new server mapping - the values have already been pre-filled and should be ready to use.

If you haven't already downloaded PHP, WebCoder will prompt you to do it with this dialog:

webcoder2013_download_php

Simply click the Download button and a ZIP file will be automatically downloaded and extracted, ready for you to use.

If you use the PHP Development Server, setting up debugging is literally a breeze - allow WebCoder to download PHP for you and it will automatically configure it for debugging on your machine. I have spent a lot of time making it much easier to use and setup debugging, which you will see very soon, once the first beta version is released. As always, stay tuned, and let me know what you think so far :)

Kasper (TSW) @ 11:31 am in TSW,WebCoder

The making of TSW WebCoder 2013 part 13 – Settings in the cloud

November 14, 2012

On Facebook I got a cool comment from Daniel:

Like many people I work from multiple workstations and I would appreciate the opportunity to synchronize the TSW so settings, stored ftp server, Sniplets - store them e.g. in Dropbox or other cloud storage to have them on all workstations. Is it possible to implement this (if it is not already)?

I had already been thinking about "mobile settings" many times, but I couldn't seem to find the right approach. However, something in Daniel's comment made me realize how easy this could actually be implemented, so I did. Daniel left this comment a couple of days ago, and since then I implemented a solution in WebCoder 2013 that will help you guys keep your settings on a common local network location or in the cloud through a service like Dropbox.

It all relies on a small and simple text file, placed in the correct location, which will redirect WebCoder to read your settings from another location than the default one. I decided that this would be a job for the Settings Controller utility application that has been included with WebCoder for several versions now, but I also decided that it might be time for a facelift for this little helper. Here's how it looked for WebCoder 2010:

webcoder_settings_manager_old

I admit that I didn't really do a lot of polishing on that application - it was a quick and dirty solution to some problems that I knew some users where having from time to time with their settings.

I combined the functionality of the old app with the settings redirection functionality that I wanted in WebCoder 2013, and this time I made it look a bit nicer, so nobody would hurt their eyes when they needed this functionality :). Here's the result:

webcoder_settings_manager_new

A click on "Enabled" and the selection of the new location is all you need to redirect your settings to another location. I tried this with Dropbox, using the same settings on my desktop and my laptop, and it seems to be working very well!

Hopefully you will like this little addition to WebCoder, and please, do let me know if you can come up with a better (but not longer) name than "Settings redirection" :). Thank you Daniel, for the inspiration!

Kasper (TSW) @ 3:59 pm in TSW,WebCoder

The making of TSW WebCoder 2013 part 12 – The full picture

November 1, 2012

As promised in the last post, here's the very first full screenshot of WebCoder 2013 ever published - this is how it looks right now! First the picture and then a few words about it (click for the full-size screenshot):

WebCoder 2013 main interface

Your first impression might be that it looks a lot like WebCoder 2010, and sure, the structure is the same. But take a closer look and notice all the subtle differences. Some of them have already been mentioned in previous posts, while others haven't. Here's my list, from top to bottom:

  • The new look, which adapts to the version of Windows you're using (this is from Windows 7)
  • The Ribbon, of course
  • The new validation view, where the line numbers also tell you about the type of message (information, warning or error)
  • The status bar that shows you standards and validation information and lets you see and change the document encoding
  • The status bar link that tells you about new updates, e.g. from the TSW blog (only visible when there are unread items)

And those changes are just the ones visible on the screenshot - there's plenty of other hidden gems around the interface :)

The above screenshot is, deliberately, a bit "busy", because there's a lot I want to show you. However, don't be fooled - WebCoder can be very minimalistic, with a single press on your F7 key (click for the full-size screenshot):

WebCoder 2013 in fullscreen mode

Lots of room for your code right there, and of course, all the validation can be disabled as well.

So, what do you think? I hope you like what you've seen so far, but we're not quite done yet - stay tuned for more WebCoder 2013 information :)

Kasper (TSW) @ 5:36 pm in TSW,WebCoder


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