Aptana Studio is an open-source web application IDE that enables developers to easily and quickly build web applications. The IDE is built based on Eclipse, a popular and flexible integrated development environment. Aptana Studio utilizes and harnesses the flexibility of Eclipse and directs it into its powerful development engine.
Aptana Studio IDE Features
- Deployment Wizard
- Integrated Debugger
- Git Integration
- Built-In Terminal
- IDE Customization
- Data Import/Export
- Basic Reports
- Online Customer Support
Other interesting features of Aptana are:
- Tree-based Code browser.
- Functionality extension using macros and actions.
- Warning and mistakes the viewer.
- Local Server for code testing.
Benefits of Aptana Studio
Deployment Wizard: Aptana Studio has a deployment wizard that helps developers deploy their applications. Through this wizard, they will be able to deploy their applications using protocols such as FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and Capistrano. It has the capability to automatically publish Ruby & Rails applications to hosting services which include Heroku and Engine Yard.
Git Integration: The web application IDE supports integration with Git, a free and open-source distributed version control system that allows the efficient management of development projects, whether small or large. As a result, developers can control their source codes using Git, as well as collaborate with their team members through the merge, push, and pull actions to remote repositories that are hosted on GitHub.
Customize Your Development Environment: Summing it up, users can customize Aptana Studio so that it will function the way they want and according to their specific needs. By scripting their own commands, they will be able to extend the core capabilities of the IDE.
Aptana Studio plugins enable source control and over 1,000 other third-party extensions. There is a pro version (which includes a few other features), but the free version is more than enough for any web developer (from beginner to advance). I personally love Aptana studio and recommend it to any developer wanting a full-featured IDE for building websites, web applications, desktop applications (with the adobe air plugin), etc.
Pros and Cons
|Full-featured IDE, many plugins||Primarily focused on the development of AJAX applications, can be a bit scary for new users.|