Panic Blog

From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

Coda Credits

It’s been two weeks since we shipped two major apps, and it’s been a whirlwind. But before I forget, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to take a moment to say thanks to the small team of incredibly smart and talented people made Coda 2 and Diet Coda possible.

Coda 2 was led by Wade and Will, who care about every line of code in what has become a very complex app. Dan and Logan joined later, and pushed the finished product into greatness. Think of how many employees an Adobe or Apple has, then realize the very-complex Coda 2 was basically engineered by four people at its peak. Smartest guys in the industry, I tell you.

Diet Coda’s origins start with Dave, and Prompt. (True story: Prompt was only intended to be the terminal in Diet Coda, and a testbed for our very complex text view. Only later did we make it its own app.) Then Garrett joined the team, jumped in head-first and, from file browsers to syntax highlighters, brought it all together with Dave. These two are amazing.

There’s more: Kenichi faced very tough icon challenges and created gorgeous things. Neven helped me with a nearly-infinite list of design to-do’s and took charge of Diet’s form and function. James is our sort-of modern day Mario, climbing the towering girders of bugs, automated builds, and submissions while jumping a seemingly infinite number of bizarre barrels being thrown at us by a grinning Apple. Les, Tim, and Mike held down the never-ending support channel, a thankless but critical task (and Tim helped build some amazing web pages), while Noby hit the road to really bring our products to prominence in Japan. All the while, Greg was building other cool things you’ll see soon.

We are very lucky, because there’s so much criss-crossing in here: it’s a true group effort. From the OpenGL magic of our SuperLoupe, to the understated power of our new path bar, to the WebKit craziness of our Coda 2 video tour, to our unique sidebar and dock thought up in the office shower, everyone here really excels at taking “what if” to “wow”. The products (and users) really win.

Coda 2 also had some outside help: our old friends at TheCodingMonkeys were responsible for lots of new core editor features. Brandon Sneed wrapped up Git support after Ian went to become a fancy doctor. Local web hero Thomas Reynolds built the cool Coda Pops — they’re actually HTML, you know. Rowan Beentje, and the entire Sequel Pro team, went beyond the call of duty to help us integrate and adapt their great work — even to the point of hunting down every past contributor to agree to a license change from GPL to BSD. Amazing.

Then, there’s our almost 200 beta testers, who, throughout the nearly five month long beta cycle, helped us fix and close an astonishing 546+ bugs. Each one of them made our apps better.

Finally, special thanks to you!!

And I mean this: you. You who are giddy with excitement on Twitter. You who tell your friends about our work. You who purchase our software and keep our company alive. You who, like us, find good software inspiring and life-enhancing. You are the fuel for our engine.



Posted at 3:09 pm 13 Comments

Philip Kronawetter

6/8/2012 3:27 PM

Thank YOU, Panic. :)


6/8/2012 3:39 PM


Tom Lynch

6/8/2012 4:09 PM

What a truly epic adventure, I hope you guys are enjoying a well earned break, I cannot imagine what you are going to do next, seems fitting for you to come up with a new app, what that is god knows as you’ve crammed it all into Coda!

This is amazing :) So how much time altogether the projects took? And how many amazing people are there in Panic? 14?

Jesse Leite

6/9/2012 8:24 AM

After following the seriously hectic @panic twitter/support feed, it’s refreshing to see you guys reflect on the development process here on your blog! Anyway, thank you for Coda 2 and Diet Coda. I am a full time user of Coda 2, and after a few weeks of abuse I really think Coda has come a long way since the original Coda. I can’t wait to see what you guys will do with patches, and what the community will hopefully do with plugins!

David Perkins

6/9/2012 12:41 PM

Coda 2 is such a brilliant and beautiful update to an already brilliant app that i use for 18 hours a day.. everyday!

Thanks to everyone who made it or helped make it!! You’re all awesome!

Design meetings in the shower? The Panic team is closer than I imagined!

You guys passion for well thought-out and created software pays off, if and when it is crap, users won’t buy or advertise it. Here’s to many years more!

Diet Coda is by far the best app on my iPad. Thank you!

Cristofer Cruz

6/13/2012 2:13 AM

Getting used to the new Coda 2, enough so to drop the original Coda into the trash. Keep em coming.

It truly is my entire web workflow. Great job!

And if you need more beta testers, I’m sure you can find some in these comments! *hint*

This program ever closes on my Mac unless I need to update it or it crashes (once a week).

Albert Kinng

6/26/2012 10:23 PM

I’m very happy with Diet Coda. I start using my iPad as a code editor with Gusto app, then I found Textastic… Later I bought Koder and I was having fun with it. Today I just have Diet Coda installed on my iPad. I love what you did, I almost work on a whole website with my iPad watching TV on a sports bar where I was showing your app to a couple of friends. Congratulations. You nailed it.

Btw sometimes with long codes Diet Coda starts slowing down… It’s me or it’s you?