Netbeans for HTML-CSS work?

Due to an unfortunate series of work related events I find myself writing php code.  Not only php code, but wordpress php code.  That however is the topic of a later post (as is plugins that edit core code using regex based searches)

I did the work in textmate but decided to spin up my new Netbeans 6.5 in order to test the subversion functionality.

Immediately I noticed that Netbeans picked up a tag mismatch and highlighted it nicely:

Netbeans showing off a tag mismatch
Netbeans showing off a tag mismatch

This was enough to impress me and I did a quick google to find netbeans other HTML / Front-end features.

It now has a nice CSS editor that is comparable to some of the tools I fondly remember from 5 years ago.  The preview and menu driven selectors are easy to work with.  I’d rather have a better code completion like Firebug, but this effort is great to see from a Java dev tool.

Netbeans CSS editor
Netbeans CSS editor

2 comments

  1. Tom Barker

    I’ve taught my PHP classes using nano for years, and that’s what I’d gotten used to, but this past semester the University’s OIT actually let me have the students install WAMP on the desktops, so I explored some Windows-based PHP editors. I ended up using the PHP plug in for Eclipse, because it was the free option, unfortunately its insanely buggy.