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Textastic and Coda - Worth Every Penny

Converting TechnologyNotes to use an entirely new flat-file content management platform meant I was relying on tools that never came into play when running the site on Squarespace. There were a few apps that I had purchased over the last couple of years thinking I’d make use of them eventually and thank goodness I did. Having them on hand made the last couple of weeks much easier.

When you are developing a website, it is critical that you can get to the server, update a page and then save the changes back to the server. In the past week I have used three or four tools to do that.

In truth, I could have managed just about all of it with just Coda – it is an extremely capable tool. Combined with Transmit and Diet Coda, it is a nearly-complete solution for managing the new site across my desktop and iPad.

In my case, however, I end up managing a lot of local python scripts. Coda really likes project-based file management. Since these python scripts are ancillary files in place to manage a workflow outside of my project and it doesn’t handle them quite as elegantly as Textastic, especially on the iPad and iPhone (which doesn’t have Coda as an option anyway).

I had Textastic in my Applications directory for months and used it for my theoretical Python coding. I never did enough coding to really get into the intricacies of the tool but I liked what I saw.

Over the last week, Textastic has become key to making this whole thing happen. I had Textastic on the Mac and iPad but never saw a reason to buy the iPhone version. I missed the mark. The iPhone version has saved my bacon more than a few times this week when critical files needed updating on the server.

Going forward, I think I’ll be focused on creating content in Editorial and Byword (using Hazel and python to move files to the server) and I’ll be tuning that workflow and posting about it here. That said, Coda and Textastic will continue to be my tools of choice for managing the website. Worth. Every. Penny.