The Aptana Free developer environment for AJAX


Article from Issue 74/2007

Aptana is an extremely convenient GUI for AJAX development. You can use this versatile IDE as a stand-alone solution or an Eclipse plugin.

Not so long ago, web programmers could use a simple text editor to develop simple HTML pages that maybe even included some Javascript or CSS. But Web 2.0, and the ever-increasing complexity of websites, have sharpened the demands placed on development tools. Aptana is an Open Source, multi-platform IDE for AJAX web development. According to founder Paul Colton, “When we launched our project at the end of 2005, we asked many developers, and what we found out was that most of them used Notepad, Emacs, and Vi. In other words, nobody had a complete IDE for Web 2.0. So we went about changing that.”

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