For too long the IDE has been separate from the target. That is, the IDE is running its own process, and the code written in it is running in a separate one. I don’t mean to say that this is bad on a technical low level. It is as it should be. I mean from the user experience point of view. And nowhere is that more true than web development.
WE-TIDE – Web Enabled TIDE: The two beasts are so separate for web developers, that completely different tools have emerged. On one hand are the traditional IDEs, like Eclipse and Komodo. Others are in the runtime, like Firebug and Web Inspector. As a Firebug developer, I see requests for saving changes from Firebug back wherever the source is. Many people don’t even know what or where the source is. They might be using WordPress or some other CMS or shopping cart software, and don’t know how the CSS and HTML gets created. They are sometimes surprised to hear that Firebug doesn't know either. But it could…