You have probably read about it by now, but Coda is a wonderful new web development environment for Mac OS X. While it is not revolutionary, Coda is a simple yet powerful tool encased in a beautiful user interface. Because it relies on http://Transmit for FTP and SubEthaEdit for code editing (with collaborative support), this editor is a bit more friendly than TextMate or BBEdit.
Coda is not as versatile and extensive as TextMate or BBEdit when it comes to basic text editing, but it offers other features that are real time savers. FTP support is obvious, but the fantastic CSS editor or the web page layout inspector are equally useful. I also really enjoy the inclusion of several books about HTML and CSS, as well as the PHP documentation. I hate web development and anything that can ease the pain is more than welcome.
Go at least take a look at the screenshot on the official web site. This is a great proof that even boring applications like developer tools can look good and offer nice visual effects. Heck, the web site alone is worth the visit; it’s clean, beautiful and nicely animated.
Panic, the company behind Coda, already conquered me a long time ago with Transmit, their FTP client. I’m happy to say they have found a new customer. TextMate still remains my favorite editor on Mac OS X but I doubt I will ever use it again for PHP/XHTML/CSS development.