Here’s a list of the best tools/resources/people/teams/individual rock stars in my opinion for different types of languages, media, platforms etc.
- SharpDevelop 2 (3 almost released)
Open Source IDE that is very light weight and has many very useful tools such as language conversion utilities, licenses, snippets, able to read VS projects etc. In my opinion its great for coding .NET libraries but not webs.
- Visual Studio
All versions of this tool going back to version 6 and C++ are really good. If you develop in .NET this is the tool. If you can’t afford the full package you can get VS Express.
Dreamweaver next to notepad is the most versatile front end, layout and file management tool out there.
Open Source tool that is a bit bulky but it was a direly needed tool in the Java world where IDEs are subpar.
Dreamweaver works great for dealing with .jsp files or the front end of the java applications that you may be building.
JSEclipse is new from Adobe Labs that they bought from Interakt it is probably more bulky than you need as most Eclipse based apps are) but it looks promising.
- Flash Develop
Open Source IDE built off of SharpDevelop libs, .NET framework required.
Python based IDE cross platform
Great for editing as files and dealing with the front end interface hookup of flash and XHTML.