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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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You're kidding right? HomeSite was and still is one of the best web development tools up to and including Dreamweaver CS3. I still use it today!

Feature creep aside, HomeSite was in its entirety awesome. It's the only product that could, in breadth and individual component capability, rival Coda. Furthermore it's probably the only product not made by Microsoft that could legitimately adopt the Ribbon because it needs it and not just because "hey let's all go look like Office".

Those tabbed toolbars are a dead ringer for the Ribbon anyway. :)

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French writer (1900 - 1944)

I've had similar thoughts, although not nearly articulated as well. One of the product families is undergoing an upgrade, and I wanted to do some trimming before adding anything new. But, what to trim? So I put a survey up on our web site for existing customers, and another for general users that was promoted with a PRWeb release. However, so far, the response has been anemic, but the surveys have three more weeks to run. I've also been thinking about adding instrumentation that is fully disclosed, and with an optin, during the installation dialogs, and a confirmation whenever the summary is sent. I'm not sure what the customer reaction will be, but will post an added comment here when I get some indication.

Thanks for the great post. i
It inspired me to write a relevant post https://zero2beta.com/?p=42 that has to do with an experiment we're doing "Zero2Beta, release a web app in 2 days".

I agree that apps should not become too bloated, and one way round this is ot use extensions and plug-ins aka Firefox, that way it is up to the user to decide which extension or plug-in he wants to use, and let the developer deal with the basics of the program.

Bob

@Bob: I'm torn about plug-ins. For apps like Firefox, they obviously make a lot of sense - there are tons of users who stick with Firefox for the plug-ins alone. But at the same time, plug-ins greatly increase the risk of crashes, which can lead people to dump your product entirely.

In addition, a plug-in architecture often requires a decent level of backwards compatibility, which can seriously complicate coding and slow down its development (esp. for apps that don't have many developers).

I wrote along a similar line previously - see https://nick.typepad.com/blog/2006/12/extending_your_.html

@Jesper: I think you're absolutely right that HomeSite would benefit from a Ribbon UI (and so would TopStyle, for that matter!)

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