I finally felt like I was at a point with projects, etc. that I could try CFEclipse this week. When I want to try a new piece of software (or when I switched from the PC to the Mac for example), I always try to give it a real try, meaning I abandon my old tool/program/computer/what have you and only use the new tool for an entire week. So this week I shut down Dreamweaver MX 2004 and fired up CFEclipse to see how it would go.
I have to admit this wasn't my absolute first time using Eclipse, but I'd only really dabbled before or used it when I was doing some Java stuff (for which Dreamweaver is absolutely horrendous). I really love some of the features so I was pretty sure I'd take right to it, but you never know until you cut the cord and only use the new tool.
When I did this one-week trial with a Mac I never went back to a PC and it's looking like this is going to be the case with CFEclipse as well. I kept expecting there would be several "I wish I could do X like I did in Dreamweaver," but it didn't happen once, and there's a lot CFEclipse has going for it over Dreamweaver. I won't go into this in detail since you've probably read about CFEclipse before in other blogs; this entry is more just to serve as one more CFer singing its praises and to be counted amongst the converted.
Couple things I noticed.
- The colored syntax-highlighting doesn't always update properly. This is apparently a known issue so I'm sure it will be fixed shortly.
- When I open XML files they don't seem to have syntax highlighting (it's all black text). Probably a setting I just need to dig for.
That really is pretty much it, believe it or not! The one huge thing I'd love to see that I also know is in the works is the ability to FTP right from the file browser. That's the one thing I miss from Dreamweaver, but the rest of Eclipse is good enough that I'll live without it for a while.
I'll still be using Dreamweaver on my PC for work because we do a lot with Contribute and use Dreamweaver templates pretty heavily, but when I'm doing my own stuff or doing coding that doesn't involve DW templates, CFEclipse has definitely become my main IDE. Time to start digging deeper and seeing what other cool Eclipse plugins there are out there ...
Kudos to Spike and the whole CFEclipse team--keep up the fantastic work!