Thank you Andy. I do use Text Edit on my MAC but when I've saved and reopened the php file, it is all screwed up looking. I am familiar with VI -- I've been in the technical world for 21 years. I will gladly try the TextMate application. It works on MAC? I'm just curious as to why php files get all unformatted and practically unreadable when you've save them. Is it a MAC thing? Would using NotePad on my Windows based desktop solve that problem? I can try it but maybe it is a php issue in general?
Nov 26,[masked]:28:54 PM, [address removed] wrote:
OSX has an app called TextEdit. By default TextEdit
wants to make files that are RTF. If you select the
make plain text option from the encoding menu, you'll
switch to a more basic text editing mode.
I find it to be woefully inadequate to do any development with.
OSX comes with the standard built in Unix editor called vi.
You can run it from a terminal session. It's got a long
history and has crazy features. Like many Unix style
things, it's got a less than intuitive character based
interface (must run in terminal). But with a few bits of
knowledge it'll be ever bit the basic (or advanced) editor
There are many alternatives to vi, but the one I wound up
using is called TextMate. It's affordable commercial
software. A single user license is $61 USD. TextMate is
a very powerful editor, but is also great for basic stuff
and has a very adequate and intuitive user interface.
So here's how I'd decide if I were in your shoes:
If you're just sitting down at an OSX box from time to time
and need to to edit files, TextEdit will probably do.
But if you need any kinda of advanced features like
syntax highlighting, good multi file support, the ability to
jump to a particular line, etc consider learning VI or
buying something like text mate.
If you're new to OSX, and text edit does not fire up when
simplly clicking on a PHP file, then right click on the file
in Finder, and choose 'get info'. From there you can set
the application you want to use when clicking on a php file.
Be sure to select 'Change All' when doing this so any php
file will open in TextEdit when clicked on in finder.
Hope this helps.
Linda Cullen wrote:
> Hello Meetup Members!
> I'm new to PHP but a long-time developer. I'm guessing you all know about this but how in the world do I edit and save php files on a MAC? I don't want any of the freeware editing/"CMS" applications. I just want the most simple, no-frills, no built-in functionality available, like Notepad. Thank you in advance for any information you may share.
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