So, as I’m transitioning to a new gig, I figured I might as well make the switch, too. I’ll be moving from my current XP desktop to a PowerBook (17"!). Thing is, I’ve never really used a Mac before so I need a little help finding some suitable replacement applications.
I need a nice text editor–I’ve been using CrimsonEditor, which is free but it’s been doing weird things lately, so I’ve been on the cusp of coughing up the scratch for TextPad. So I’d prefer a nice free editor, but I’m definitely open to paying for one. Is BBEdit the way to go? I don’t need massive programmer-type functionality. I need column select and I need to do some simple regex find/replace actions and I insist on a tabbed interface.
I need an sql editor query tool thingy. I’ve been using the very excellent Query Tool and this is probably the thing I’m most stressed about losing, since I have no idea how to replace it. What I like about it is that it’s a direct ODBC connection and I can create, edit and run queries in a three-pane window (tables on the left, query in the middle and results at the bottom). And I can save a whole library of queries. I’m gonna miss it. Any ideas? I’d love a free solution, like Query Tool, but this is important enough that I won’t quibble about paying for a replacement.
Those are the biggies. FireFox does mac, so I’m cool there. I’m sure I’ve got a blind spot here, so are there any other tools that I should be thinking about?