I have worked on all three major platforms, Windows, then Linux for some years and finally Mac. I do on my mac my daily coding and wanted to list the software on which I rely daily.
If you are new to web development, I usually recommend tizag.com which is where I started learning most of my php skills.
I hope this list is useful to any fellow coders newcomers to the Mac
Among many file managers I had tried, this is the one I used the most, it is simple but powerful. Supports FTP, SSH, WebDAV, Amazon S3, etc. and makes use of OS X Keychain, so passwords are centralized in the system. I would though appreciate a better bookmark organizer, as all your servers are displayed in a simple level, you cannot put them into folders, but as an alternative, each server can be saved as .duck files which you can in turn organize how you wish.
As with Cyberduck, Transmit is very well built in with the OS X environment and supports all the above. I did eventually end up paying for this one for the extra organizational features and stability. It is now my daily file manager.
I guess most of the people already know dropbox, but I didn’t want to skip it from my list since it is one of my best allies. I have two computers and an iPhone, and I have all my university files in there synced up as well as my local “websites” folder. I have invited tons of friends, so I have to date, 37Gb of free space. A handy option not so many people know is that you can use it to sync program settings by syncing system directories. I will post how to do soon, meanwhile, google up: dropbox symbolic link
- TextWrangler – (or free BBedit)
My favorite text editor. I first tried the free BBedit trial as I read about it on the net, but then discovered TextWrangler, which is made by the same people and has a few features less than its big brother. Honestly, I never missed anything here. Combined with Cyberduck, I can easily edit files on the servers and save them online straight away. The syntax coloring is very good and supports all my PHP/SQL/CSS needs.
- MAMP – standalone Apache/SQL Server
I have been using this for quite some time. It is a variant from the linux “LAMP” and is the easiest and fastest solution if you wish to have a local server to work with. Installs in a snap and you can easily enable it or disable it.
- Persistent Color Picker
This little tool is just about what its name says. A color picker. The fact is it comes handy when you need to spot some color for any CSS you are doing on some site.
- Server Auditor (mobile app)
I was looking for a good SSH terminal for my iPhone so I can have a look at some running processes on my servers if I am on the move, (or in bed and feeling lazy). I came across this tool. It lets you save all your servers and is quite intuitive. I just noticed it is available for both iOS and Android.