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Codetch Editor

August 4th, 2006 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

As I keep reviewing extensions, there are times when I install an extension and its like a life-changing experience. Well, not really, but extensions similar to the Venkman's JavaScript Debugger is an example of what I'm talking about. It has its own IDE. I'll repeat that. The extension has its own IDE. Just Awesome!

The Codetch Editor extension is similar to the JavaScript debugger. The Codetch Editor extension is an HTML editor in an extension. Once the extension is installed (which installed with no problems I might add), you can bring up the IDE in a tab or float it with CTRL-F9.

When the IDE comes up, you immediately get a file explorer on the left with two collapsed panels; one is Snippits and the other panel is your bookmarks. The main window in the center is your editor and the bottom panel contains your familiar JavaScript error panel. The main window contains five tabs on the bottom: Code, Preview, Reference, Code and Preview, and Code and Reference.

If you are a beginning webmaster (is that term still used?) and are looking for a simple way to create web pages without investing a lot of money into an authoring tool, the Codetch Editor extension can provide you the basics of a HTML editor for prototyping a site. Granted, its not a Visual Studio 2005, but then again, it gets the job done. It can even be done remotely. :-)

A question for the authors of this extension: I'm wondering if any future enhancements will be added to this extension.

The Codetch Editor is definitely one of the best, if not the only, extension for editing HTML pages and this extension easily gets a 5/5 rating.