"The New Codas"

Coda 2

Upon downloading Coda 2 and Diet Coda on Wednesday evening, I was immediately struck by the desire to write about them both. Having spent the last few weeks living in Coda — more on that soon — I was desperately impressed by Panic’s latest iteration of the Mac app, and immediately found Diet Coda to be a true treasure to behold.

And yet, for all of my desire, my qualifications are rather significantly lacking for a full review of either piece of software. Although I could discuss the user experience and novel paradigms implemented by Panic for days, any deep insight regarding the code editing portion of the equation would be lost.

Thankfully, however, Mr. Shawn Blanc has produced a thoughtful treatise concerning the two apps. Whether you’re a casual or professional web developer, I’d highly recommend reading through his post in its thorough and systematic entirety.

Rather than plucking chunks of text from their contextual place within his piece, I’ll simply cite Shawn’s concluding remarks:

To say I’m impressed and pleased with Coda 2 and Diet Coda would be an understatement.

My initial impression of Diet Coda is that it is the Tweetie 2 of iPad text-editing apps. As many people have proclaimed, Tweetie 2 was not just one of the best Twitter apps for iPhone, it was also one of the best apps for the iPhone, period. Although Diet Coda is still brand-new, it strikes me being a best-in-class code-editing app as well as a great iPad app, period.

Although I hadn’t drawn the parallel between Diet Coda and Tweetie, I find myself in unquestionable agreement. The app is a true credit to the iOS ecosystem, rendering even the most dull of development tasks a pleasure to contend with when away from my Mac.

Over the coming weeks, I imagine I’ll have much more to say — particularly when some of my new projects are ready for the scrutiny of the public eye — but Shawn’s post is certainly worthy of widespread attention and praise. I couldn’t agree more with his perspective.

Coda 2 is available from the Mac App Store for the temporary price of $49.99. Diet Coda is available from the iOS App Store for a similarly temporary price of $9.99.

Amazon Broadening Web Service Reach

Yesterday, Amazon quietly announced a rather significant change in its web services division. Shifting from relatively basic storage tasks and the like, Amazon is scaling its service to compete on a corporate level. Quentin Hardy reports for The New York Times:

This is a big deal, because it shows AWS moving more decisively into the kind of broad-based computing and software services that will put it in competition with the likes of Oracle and Hewlett-Packard. AWS is going from basic but arcane core computing tasks, like setting up storage systems, to well-defined business software.

The fruit of Amazon's heavy investments over the last quarter is clearly going to become increasingly apparent over the course of the year. Knowing the innovative mindset guiding the retail giant, I'm excited to see what is revealed.

Google Removing Ubiquitous Black Bar

You know that black bar at the top of all Google pages? The one with Google+, Gmail, and the like? Well, apparently it's on the way out according to TheNextWeb.

Brad McCarty:

With the recent redesign of Google products across the board, we’ve been pretty happy overall. Many people, however, have expressed displeasure with that ever-present black bar at the top of their browser when they’re on a Google property. It seems, according to a leaked-then-pulled YouTube video, that it’s going away soon.

Although it doesn't particularly bother me, the supposedly impending redesign looks clean and minimalistic.

Something we can believe in.

What's of biggest interest to me, though, is that Google is taking such an interest in its aesthetics. Hopefully this will be a continuing, responsive trend for the software giant.