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Posted: 01/15/2004, 11:02 PM

I tried to kick this off in the last forum - but it got lost in the masses so I am asking it again.

I have been using CodeCharge Studio for well over 2 years now and love it. But it cannot cover all issues. Therefore I use other tools for specific issues and was wondering what other people use to support their sites and development.

My additonal toolset is

Search and Replace - - This pays for itself every day.
Textpad - - This is one serious text editor
TopStyle Pro - - The best stylesheet editor I have seen
web explorer - - supporting sites behind firewalls great.
Universal Table Editor for DB updates -

I would be interested to know what other people are using and wouldn't mind sharing their opinions.

Accepting and instigating change are life's challenges.
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Posted: 01/16/2004, 6:04 AM

Edd, I think it is a great idea. Some of the tools I use:

1. Total Commander
Primarily use to FTP my files to Web host. But this is my Favorite Swiss Army Knife program & Windows File Mgr. Two windows. Search, view, edit, copy, copy in background and continue another operation, compare, rename, delete, combine, split, multi-rename, and bookmark files. Can synchronize directories, map network drives, create network shares, zip (handles many archive types not just zip), unzip, view inside zip, FTP, Run Programs from. Makes Windows Explorer seem brain dead. There is not much you can't do with this program between it's features and it's numerous plugins from third parties. Sorry, I got carried away with this one. It is has been my favorite for a long time. Paid a few bucks once for it a number of years ago and so far all upgrades have been free.

2. Opera Browser
Doesn't always display pages as well as IE but is better in virtually all other respects. Great for research. Can have multiple sub-windows or open within a single window. Or can have two main windows with sub-windows in each. Can drag and drop these sub-windows between the main windows. Unlike IE Bookmarks stay sorted and you can easily find bookmarks. Can do a quick search to narrow down displayed bookmark list. You can see all links to a displayed web page in separate window. Can do quick notes and use as a research tool to copy and paste parts of web page and drag and drop reference URL. Many, many key/time saving features including great handicap support.

Can resume browsing where you left off. Or, can save all open windows as a session so if you are in the middle of researching something and have to stop you save where you left off as a session and reopen it later. One of the things I use is the personal bar dropdown category links to quickly go to local or web versions of my sites or support sites without ever having to type in the URL. Everything is max two clicks.

3. Note Tab I use the lite version. Textpad sounds like it is similar.

4. Open Office
I develop in PHP and ASP but more and more I am getting away from the high cost of Microsoft. Open Office is an example. It can do most of what MS Office can do and some things MS Office cannot do. New version of Open Office can create PDF files from any of its file types. I use this as the way I create PDFs for my sites.

As an aside, check out and after logging in go to . Sixto has made his first attempt at creating a couple of CCS custom actions - dependant list box creation, and popup window link creation. It shows the extensibility of CCS and hopefully there will be more of this type of thing to come.

I think CCS would pick up a lot of steam in the marketplace if they did more to facilitate this extensibility, ie. documentation, etc.

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Posted: 01/28/2004, 2:17 PM

using a lot :-) to maintain my datamodels
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Posted: 10/04/2004, 6:57 AM

Edd wrote:

> I would be interested to know what other people are using and wouldn't mind sharing their opinions.
FireFox (Mozilla's standalone browser) can be added a lot of very cool
features for webdesign and debug (form data manipulation, JS debugger,
table viewer, html manipulation, DOM exploration, various html

It's very strict and respectfull of the standard, much more than IE.

Posted: 12/15/2004, 11:40 AM

Just take a look at DBDesigner 4 a visual database design system that integrates database design, modeling, creation and maintenance into a single, seamless environment. Much better than case studio and best of all it is free. I love it.

Posts: 56
Posted: 02/06/2005, 12:39 AM

Great thread. I'm on a shoestring budget, so most of my tools are on the cheap:

Firefox for browsing, with Web Developer Extension (

EclipseStyle & EclipsePalette for formatting and styles (

MyAccess for mySQL table design. (

MySQLBuilder for experimenting around with SQL statements (

Peter's XML Editor for building xml actions. (

- Steve
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