« PC Magazine Reviews FeedDemon 2.0 | Main | 15 Pounds to Go »

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Great stuff! Keep it coming!

This is a great story. I remember downloading Homesite years ago and also becoming a paid user. To this day, I still use Homesite as my favorite html editor.

Interesting enough, I'm also a paid user of FeedDemon and TopStyle! Great work, Nick!

As a regular reader of your blog, I had little details about your cartooning career but this Born To Code series provides all the details about how we landed with great programs like HomeSite, TopStyle and FeedDemon.

I wonder what would have happened if you had joined Microsoft. One thing I can say for sure is that VS.NET editor would have been much much better! :)

Wanna hear more. Go on ...

great post nick, intresting to hear you were approached by microsoft that must have been exciting to take that call.
Did they ever appraoch you about feedemon or topstyle?


I what did you use to write the first version of HomeSite before you re-wrote it in Delphi?

Cannot wait for part III.
The plans of Macromedia buying Allaire, and the TopStyle born.

Mike, the first (unreleased) version of HomeSite was written in Visual Basic.

Stu, a number of companies approached me about both TopStyle and FeedDemon - but Microsoft wasn't among them.

Every now and then I forget and am reminded that you wrote Homesite (& CFStudio/JRun Studio), which I used for years.

HomeSite did, does, and will always rock! Somehow you should get the right back from Adobe and move it into the 21st century as MM neglected it majorly!

Great series. I agree with Peter about Homesite, I still use it everyday and dream of a new version written by you. I'd easily pay $250 for a Nick Bradbury written Homesite 6.

Too bad that will *probably* never happen.

Homesite forever, Dreamweaver never ;)

Great post, Nick!

'Anyway, I learned enough HTML to create a bare-bones site for "Dexter," and I still remember the thrill of seeing the site in Mosaic for the first time. Cliché as it may sound, that was a life-altering event for me.'

I know that feeling.

I remember the Early Days too.

I remember being happy that there was a good and professional-looking HTML editor, when HotDog (remember them) ended up looking more like a toy.

I remember HS getting a lot of attention.

I remember Nick being very open about bug fixes and help.

I remember Allaire coming and buying HomeSite. (Ah, the CF days, back when I was using that product instead of ASP and I was excited about Allaire and Cold Fusion, which at that time was the best application for writing dynamic web sites, better than ASP and Perl, better documented than PHP).

I remember being a bit disappointed with Macromedia de-emphasizing HomeSite, and IMO de-emphasizing the server technology and the user-friendliness of things like the Forums.

I remember TopStyle being announced and being happy Nick could go his own path.

I also remember being involved with a couple of Zealots. I specifically remember Majorlan Katsma. She originally was a standards guru who was initially very helpful about getting user-friendliness to HomeSite, and I welcomed her controbutions. But she had quite a temper and stubborn zeal that would make Richard Stallman a bit proud, would also bitch about Spam from Allaire, got hired by Allaire/Macromedia and actually denegrated the company and became so zealous about standards, she ended up "hating" Nick's FeedDemon because Nick took into account that some RSS feeds were not well-formed and made sure FD worked with those.

I just hope Nick stays around another 10 years doing cool stuff.

John, I'd forgotten all about that particular battle - kind of funny to remember it now given everything that has happened since then! Anyway, thanks for the flashback :)

Can you elaborate on how you got Microsoft's and Allaire's attention? Did you email them, or hire a PR guy when you were looking to sell homesite?

I didn't do anything extra to get Microsoft's or Allaire's attention - as with NewsGator, they actually had the good timing to contact me right after I decided I needed to be acquired :)

Hey Nick,

Any place where we can see your games? Maybe even purchase them?

I "discovered" HomeSite through one of those Shareware sites, around winter of 1995. It was an amazing application and I think the spirit of it lives on in TopStyle.

When I'd go for job interviews, saying that you used HomeSite to code HTML was a definite plus point. It proved that you knew HTML at a code level but were also clever enough to save time doing so by using good software. That's what technology should be about - enabling people to work more intelligently.

Mladen, I wish there was some way to play these games, but they were written for an old TRS-80 computer so they wouldn't work with today's PCs.

Nick, could you not run them under emulation? http://www.vavasour.ca/jeff/trs80.html

Brilliant - can't wait for part III :-)

HomeSite is still my favourite HTML editor, and is the perfect tool for ASP and PHP development.

I'm still using version 5 though. It went a little downhill when Macromedia bought Allaire and merged its functionality into Dreamweaver, which feels quite slow and clunky...

I'm also a FeedDemon user :-)

Keep up the good work Nick!

Hi Nick,

This stories proves that one has to make choices that leads to not-so temporarily situations. I knew all the Homesite story, but didn't realize that your goal was to be a cartoonist. I like Dexter a lot. I wish you all the luck for it to gain the popularity it deserves, and of course to be able to make a decent living out of it !

Homesite has always been #1 in my books. I've tryed it all since 1997, that's when i got started in web. The thing I always loved about it is it keeps you sharp with writing code. Dreamweaver is for tourists.

Magnus Rydman from Sweden:
Well, Top Style Pro 4 could be HomeSite 6!! When Macromedia bought Allaire I cried but get very positive about the release of 5.5.
So far so good; But now when Adobe merged Macromedia, what a disgrace for us who love web programming and the skill of hand coding. Adobe would not put a second of development on HS just because they want to sell them monster application's, Dreamweawer and GoLive, :-$
I've worked with HS since 2000 and TSP since 2004. What I really miss is a editable tool bar where you can put your own script and a neat little icon as HS has. I solved that issue with 8 shortcuts for ASP and 15 for PHP.

Best regards, Magnus

Thanks, Nick, from another long-time HomeSite user. I picked it up right after Allaire took it over and never looked back. You did good! Very good!!

The comments to this entry are closed.