In between are a few bargains for Mac users who want to code but don’t have much money. The problem is this. Programmers are a finicky and fickle group. We may be willing to try anything once, but we use what we like and consider it to be the best app for what we do.
And, even though we’re programmers, we don’t code the same way, and don’t use the same tools.
Cheaper Isn’t Better, But It’s Good
Among the Mac text editors I use is the decidedly expensive and highly capable BBEdit, the similarly priced Coda (love using one window for everything), a few snippets collectors (so I can use snippets anywhere), and a handful of far less expensive apps.
Either is perfect for Mac coders with work to do but on a tight budget. The former costs less than a latte and the latter is free.
Syntax highlighting, code completion, customizable color themes, even code execution timing. For Mac Lion users there’s Autosaving and Versions built in. Customize your own run commands and compile flags. Add custom fonts, too.
Second, what about TextWrangler, the free editor (also available on the Mac App Store)?
There’s syntax coloring and function navigation for all the above and much more. If you’re just getting into coding on a Mac, this might be a good starter text editor.
For a few bucks, CodeRunner brings a wonderful tool set. As with all text editors, choose wisely. It’s an app that’s likely to become a part of your life for years to come.