I like Zen Coding, but its implementation into Sublime is buggy for me.
I also have to select HTML syntax highlighting before I even begin typing... otherwise tab doesn't handle snippets or Zen Coding, it only indents. That gets very annoying. I would like it to be able to recognize snippets and then automatically change to the correct syntax highlighting like so:
- File > New (it creates a new Plain Text tab)
- Type html:xs and hit Tab
- It inserts the appropriate HTML and automatically selects HTML syntax highlighting.
I dunno, maybe I am just too picky... but I can't find a GREAT and lightweight web development IDE for Windows. I like the color customization of Sublime, but overall for me it is not user-friendly enough for everyday use (editing text files for preferences, figuring out shortcuts, etc.)
Basically I am looking for an IDE for Windows with highly customizable syntax highlighting (including changing background color) like in Sublime, can handle snippets, uses Zen Coding, is user-friendly, and has (built-in or via plugin) a stylish navigator like in Espresso (meaning not the old tree-style navigation). But without a bunch of extra bulk features that I don't plan on using (kinda excludes Aptana).
It seems all the really good web development apps are on Macs, but I am not willing to drop that much money into an over-hyped system that costs way more than it should for its performance and features.