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TechDigest: Interview with Quanta: Eric Laffoon

Mar 12, 2004, 07:00 (2 Talkback[s])

"Q3.Please describe What Quanta is and how it is different from other developer software, such as Bluefish.

"That question should be easier to asnwer but I don't want to knock the other guys. ;-) Quanta began as an HTML tool, but it really isn't any more. Quanta is a tool to extend developers in working with markup and scripting, primarily focused on web development. I'm not being precocious here. I know of one user who was developing a dialect for Povray and I know another user who uses it for organizing notes... Actually what he told me was that it had replaced all his software. I love the guy, but I wonder about him. ;-) Anyway Quanta will work with any markup you have a DTD for and it will do nearly anything you want if you can script.

"As for comparing it to other tools like Bluefish... I sort of feel funny doing that because I have limited exposure to those other tools and I'm very biased. As one user told me emphatically, a guy would have to be nuts not to know Quanta was better than Bluefish. How can I argue with logic like that? I'm sure people will have subjective reasons to prefer either. I do know for instance that Bluefish has gotten a lot of recognition and it's also at least a year or two older than Quanta. My impression is that we have taken more time to focus on the foundational aspects giving ground on features in years past but we are now reaping benefits to grow faster and have a longer feature list. I do know that in 2002 the LinuxQuestions.org poll had them narrowly beating us, which I didn't let bother me. In 2003 we beat them and I have the award hanging by my desk. I guess I do care a little more about it this year..."

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