Aptana Studio 3

I finally took the plunge and downloaded Aptana Studio 3. Aptana is an open-source IDE or integrated development environment for web developers. The IDE supports all the latest web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, PHP and Python.

It’s impressive despite having only a couple of hours playing with it. I really like the ‘code assist’ feature that comes with the IDE. I haven’t use all the features yet, but the deployment wizard, git integration, and the built-in terminal, sounds very, very inviting.

The learning curve isn’t steep. It’s just the right level for someone who may be tempted to try using an IDE. Aptana reminds me of Eclipse and a little bit of Textmate. The program does require Java, which my Ubuntu desktop already has installed.

Some people had issues with Git commits and some complaints about the program being resource hungry. I can’t comment on those yet since I’ve only been using it for a couple of hours. My first impression of Aptana Studio 3 is very good.

ShiftEdit

ShiftEdit is an online IDE for developing PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl, Java, HTML, CSS and JavaScript through FTP, SFTP and Dropbox. I recently started using ShiftEdit after seeing it from the Chrome Web Store. I’m using it at the moment to manage several of my websites.

ShiftEdit allows you to create and edit PHP, Ruby, Java, HTML, CSS and JavaScript scripts. ShiftEdit has a built-in SFTP support to manage your websites. Just supply your FTP credentials within ShiftEdit to manage your sites. ShiftEdit also has syntax highlighing, block tabbing, undo/redo, line numbers, as well as jump to any line number.

If you’re looking to manage your website via the browser, without the need for a file editor or FTP client, you should look into ShiftEdit. All your work is done via the browser. No more downloading and uploading files. No more editing offline. Changes are immediate.

ShiftEdit keeps tracks of your file changes as well with Revisions History. You can highlight several files and look at file differences. You can also bookmark files for easy access later. There are more features. Visit ShiftEdit if you’re interested.

Acomdata 3.5 Samba USB 2.0 Enclosure

I recently bought a 1 TB SATA hard drive. My old 160GB IDE hard drive is retired. It still works. So I decided to buy an external hard drive so I can use my old drive for backups. I settled with Acomdata 3.5 Samba USB 2.0 Enclosure kit mainly for one reason, it supports both IDE PATA and SATA drives.

The enclosure kit comes in an aluminum case with a satin finish. It’s whisper-quiet fanless with a hot-plug-ability, and it has an on-off switch. Transfers speeds is USB 2.0 at 480 Mbps. I’ve yet to test the transfer speed. I doubt it comes close to the specs, but transfer speed is not a priority for me.

In the future, if I ever retire my new 1 TB drive, I can use the same enclosure without buying another one, unless I want a USB 3.0 enclosure.