Of the three code editors I’ve used, Espresso is probably the most feature-packed and easiest to use thus far.
There are a lot of options out there. When I was doing some research on what code editor I should use, I came across Espresso. Decided to give it a try with the trial and fell absolutely in love.
Designed with front-end web developers in mind, Espresso boasts some very strong features, making even some PC owners gawk in awe.
Espresso’s signature move: X-Ray. You can preview the website you are building in real time and use X-Ray to see what code is used for that specific element.
Once you glance back onto the X-Ray widget, you can see how many different styles it calls. In this case, there is 10 styles that it calls. From there you can see what CSS is called and what you can modify to make the website look the way you want it to.
It’s a super strong tool.
On the back-end: automatic indentations, suggested code, different types of code in different colors, a nifty little section next to the line number that shows how far that particular code stretches down the line. Say if you forgot to close something, that’ll tell you. It’s super organized and awesome.
Special shoutout to the Navigator pane to the right. With that also, you’re able to see your code, condensed. Without all the unnecessary text. Just the calling codes, and that’s it. It’s another very strong tool to help you navigate your thousands of line of code. Click on a calling/action code and it’ll bring you straight to it in your HTML doc.
There are plenty of options out there in terms of front-end web dev apps. For myself, I find Espresso especially useful in what I need to do. For all of this goodness, you will need to invest in Espresso. $79 will get you unlimited access to the app and free updates thereafter.
If you’re looking for more of a cost-effective way to work with similar features that aren’t as robust, I’d recommend Brackets. It’s free to use, is open-source and has some pretty awesome features in itself that Espresso doesn’t offer.
Stay tuned for a quick review of Brackets for macOS!