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by FiReWaLL (Scribe)
on Sep 28, 2000 at 06:12 UTC ( #34313=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I was thinking... (It could be use as a pool, I'm not really sure about that) What editor you use to edit your code? I mean, I use UltraEdit (Windows) because of it's features, like Syntax Highlighting, open file direct from FTP, etc. After some weeks of continuos problems with windows, I really thought about changing to Linux, and enumerated the reasons why I shouldn't. Then, I went talking with a friend that USES linux, and my reasons drom to 2: 1) a good html Editor, like dreamweaver, or front page 2) A good text editor, (with syntax highliting, etc..) If I could get at least a good Text editor for linux, I'd change my OS. You guys out there that uses Linux, what Text editor you use (do it have syntax highlighting? *g*)

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RE (tilly) 1: Code Editor
by tilly (Archbishop) on Sep 28, 2000 at 06:30 UTC
    Well actually I use vi a lot. Or vim.

    But if you want the features which I don't care about, you can always run Emacs. Most of the features that you like in UltraEdit derive from Emacs.

    For Perl syntax in particular I think that the Perl mode created by Ilya is likely to be more accurate than what you get in UltraEdit...

(dchetlin: use ed!) RE: Code Editor
by dchetlin (Friar) on Sep 28, 2000 at 06:29 UTC
    You don't need a fancy HTML editor. You don't need syntax coloring. These are all crutches of the incompetent. Who needs a visual, multi-line editor? Use ed! Ed is the standard text editor!

    In all seriousness, I use vim, which does do syntax highlighting and satisfies my needs. Of course, what use is syntax highlighting anyways when only perl can parse Perl?


RE: Code Editor
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Sep 28, 2000 at 07:16 UTC
    I use vim on Linux and also on NT, on those occasions when I need to use NT.

    I don't use syntax highlighting, as it just distracts me. The one thing I really do like about vim, though, is the % key in command mode. It takes you to the corresponding brace.

    Sometimes it breaks in complex regular expressions, but it's just so handy it's one of the things I can't imagine not having anymore.

RE: Code Editor
by doran (Deacon) on Sep 28, 2000 at 08:01 UTC
    In Windows, I use Homesite, since I learned HTML before perl and Homesite is a terrific editor. It recognizes perl (via the filename's extention) and highlights accordingly.

    For Linux, in a X environment, I like Glimmer the best so far.

    The KDE advanced editor is also ok.

    Cooledit is also another one worth looking at. I don't like it as much as Glimmer, but it shows promise.

    Good luck -db
RE: Code Editor
by fred (Acolyte) on Sep 28, 2000 at 18:23 UTC
    The two major factions are emacs and vi, or more generally xemacs and vim. Both are very powerful editors, with syntax highlighting and all sorts of other features.

    Neither, however, is easy to use. You have to learn all sorts of keystrokes to make it do what you want. Then, after a year or so of using it, you wonder how you ever lived without it.

    Seriously, spend the time to learn one of those two, and it will pay off dramatically through convenience and productivity.
      C'mon, Fred... let's not exaggerate. A year?? A week or two, if you're really using one of them exclusively. And you can use vi with a pretty minimal subset of the commands available; though doing so certainly won't make you wonder how you lived without it. :-)


      In the interests of making this a more useful post, here's a link to "Just enough vi editor commands to survive", an aptly-named page with a pretty minimal subset of vi commands.

RE: Code Editor
by johannz (Hermit) on Sep 28, 2000 at 21:06 UTC

    Having been on both platforms (windows and *nix) I used a bunch of editors over the last 4 yrs. Here's thoughts and opinions on both

    • Windows
      • Programmer File Editor
        Not much current development. I started out with this program before moving on to editors with more features.
      • Archnophilia
        Good program, fallen a bit behind on features compared to more current editors. Good for HTML editing
      • UltraEdit
        Used to use it. I have since converted to NotePad+ and gvim. Syntax Highlighting and ability to add commands to the menu bar make it useful for development.
      • Notepad+
        My standard replacement for notepad. All the features of regular notepad, with no file size limits and someother nicities. I like it because I can install it and even Microsoft apps will use it.
      • GVim
        Graphical Vim - What more can you say :-)
    • *nix
      • GVim
        And I can use the same program on both OS'es :-)
      • NEdit (Nirvana Editor)
        Nice windows-style gui. Very comfortable for converts from windows or individuals who regularly work in both OS'es. Has syntax highlighting, macro programming, and other nice features for use as a programmer's editor.
RE: Code Editor
by davorg (Chancellor) on Sep 28, 2000 at 12:19 UTC

    On both Windows and Unix I use Xemacs for all types of editing - whether it's code, mark-up or documentation. You can get it from

    Oh... and I'm a little confused by your request for "a good html Editor, like (...) front page". I don't know what it is that Front Page creates, but it sure ain't HTML!


    European Perl Conference - Sept 22/24 2000, ICA, London
RE: Code Editor
by jptxs (Curate) on Sep 28, 2000 at 08:30 UTC

    on linux it's VIM all the way

    for windows check out Textpad. It doesn't do syntax highlight, but has a warm start feature i've grown to love. basically, it will save the set of files i'm working on so i can shutdown and next time i start it up it pulls up all the files i was working with with all their clipboards and undo histories intact.

    -- I'm a solipsist, and so is everyone else. (think about it)

      i use vim on linux and textpad on windows and textpad DOES do syntax highlighting you just have to create it fairly simple just look for it

        i guess you're right. just found it...but i hate syntax editing. i never looked for it and therefore never knew it was there. also, i use an older version 3.2.5; maybe it's more apparent in the newer ones?


        -- I'm a solipsist, and so is everyone else. (think about it)

      Wrong, it does syntax hilighting. Check out the syntax files and configure the prefences.

      But i'm a vim guy all the way. Love the rc file. Here I can configure nice shortcuts that fit my profile.

      My opinions may have changed,
      but not the fact that I am right

RE: Code Editor
by Jouke (Curate) on Sep 28, 2000 at 12:34 UTC
    In windows, there's nothing like UltraEdit. Fully configurable, expandable, and fast.

    In Linux I use Nedit. It's UltraEdit and then better and more :)

    Jouke Visser, Perl 'Adept'
RE: Code Editor
by neophyte (Curate) on Sep 28, 2000 at 11:08 UTC
    Using 2 OSs, I tried a variety of editors:
    On my Win32-Systems I use

    • Proton (german part of that webpage) because of its command-line. I like being able to start the debugger or syntax-check directly from the editor.
    • a simple notepad - replacement as standard editor

    On Linux I tend to use jed (its just simple to use).


    Coming from the Dos/Win world, vi/vim seem pretty complicated to me. But I have started looking at it (which always means that I'm picking something up).

RE: Code Editor
by Jonathan (Curate) on Sep 28, 2000 at 19:02 UTC
    I would discourage VIM and EMACS as they are not on every *NIX box. It was only a couple of years ago I was working on a site where vanilla VI was the only option and editing on some old vt100's - No cursor keys and no escape key :-)

    Real men use VI with h,j,k,l and ^[ for Esc.
    Moving your hands to Esc and the Cursor keys interferes with touch typing.

    "We are all prompted by the same motives, all deceived by the same fallacies, all animated by hope, obstructed by danger, entangled by desire, and seduced by pleasure." - Samuel Johnson
      actully vim supports all of the standard vi key mappings
RE: Code Editor
by geektron (Curate) on Sep 28, 2000 at 12:34 UTC
    i just use good old-fashioned vi. not vim, definitely not emacs. vi.

    clean, simple, fast. i can edit my own code. :)

RE: Code Editor
by clemburg (Curate) on Sep 30, 2000 at 16:00 UTC

    If platform independence is something you care about, go for either a decent vi clone like vim (with gvim attached), or emacs/xemacs.

    I use Emacs with the viper mode (vi emulator mode), so I get the best of both worlds - vi keybindings for compatibility with even the oldest environments around, and guaranteed availability of a decent editor that I know by heart everywhere (vi is a POSIX standard), and Emacs for the IDE features and general integration with versioning systems like CVS, and all the other stuff.

    BTW, Emacs works very well on Win32 systems, too.

    For me, the biggest point in choosing an editor is making a decision that will make my "editing reflexes" work everywhere. So, in reality we are not talking software here, but ergonomy or usability, and availability on different platforms. Currently, only the vi user interface will be able to meet this requirement, as it is installed by default nearly everywhere, and it is a supported standard, so there are "official" versions of it for all the different platforms. This can mean a lot in the real world, where you simply won't be allowed to install your stuff - but the work needs to be done anyhow, in a lonely server room with a lot of stone-age boxen with tight security.

    Christian Lemburg
    Brainbench MVP for Perl

RE: Code Editor
by 2501 (Pilgrim) on Sep 28, 2000 at 08:56 UTC
    hehe...I think the *ix standard has pretty much been set as vim, but I too am sort of curious about PC editors. Right now I use Context, which I picked up from I like the fact that I can have tabs of multiple files open at once, including an output file, which updates live inside Context. It is kind of creepy.
RE: Code Editor
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 28, 2000 at 20:15 UTC
    For syntax highlighting I tend to use VIM (VI iMproved). It comes with most distributions of Linux and handles many languages avilable today. If you are using XWindows then I would suggest trying XEmacs. It is a very easy editor to get used to for a Microsoft/Mac user. Regular Emacs (command line/terminal based) is beyond my comprehension, which is why I use VIM for text only work. For HTML work I just use a text editor. I have to wisdom for WYSIWYG editors and HTML.
RE: Code Editor
by OzzyOsbourne (Chaplain) on Sep 28, 2000 at 22:38 UTC
    Notepad. No frills, but full control. I even use it for HTML. If I find myself stuck so badly that I need to see syntax coloring, I usually bang my head on the desk 3-4 times (your number of repetitions may vary) really hard.

    And at times, I am guilty of using SynEdit to count lines for me...

      I had to switch to wordpad since some of my html got too big.

      I just rub my eyes real heard for syntax highlighting. The keys were starting to leave real dents on my forehead.

      $you = new YOU;
      honk() if $you->love(perl)

        You might want to check out Notepad+ which is a drop-in replacement for Windows Notepad. It is very simple, suffers not from file size limits, allows multiple files, and some other simple but useful improvements. I like it because it easily fits on a floppy so I can bring a decent editor to other machines when I need to.

        Unfortunately, the author lost the source several years ago, and so nothing has happened since 1996, but it is solid and functional as is.

        I just wish it had a % command! I'm going to check out VIM again as it's been a long time...

RE: Code Editor
by AgentM (Curate) on Sep 28, 2000 at 08:05 UTC
    Hmm. What ever happened to those happy days of emacs vs. vi? Emacs certainly has all of the features you mentioned, as does vi. But just to answer the question, I enjoy using BBEdit 5.1 because it has the compiler (C/C++) and parser (MacPerl) connectivity built right in.
RE: Code Editor
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 19, 2000 at 22:55 UTC
    Assuming this is a serious question... Emacs is *the* text editor. It's at least 50% of the reason I prefer UNIX anyway. Syntax highlighting, of course. I'll let you discover the rest yourself. Just start looking.
RE: Code Editor
by Maclir (Curate) on Sep 28, 2000 at 20:25 UTC
    For HTML writing on Windows, I use Arachnophilia (sorry, no link, not on my normal PC). There is another windows product called "Synedit". Suffers from bad memory leaks tho.

    On *nix (mainly solaris), I use vi.

      Just wanted to add the link to arachnophilia. Definitely an editor worth looking at, when you're working on Win32-Systems. It recognizes perl files from the .pl extension and does syntax-coloring if you want it to.
RE: Code Editor
by FiReWaLL (Scribe) on Sep 29, 2000 at 18:54 UTC

    Thank you all this is my last post using Internet Explorer, the next post I'll use Netscape for Linux.

    I'm formatting my computer in the next 2 hours, and I'll install Linux, and VIM, surelly, and maybe soon, I can also say what I thought about it.

    The only thing you regret in life, is the risk you don't take.

      Excellent choice. maybe as an objective tester, you could resolve the emacs vs. vi problem. ONE MUST FALL!!! :-)
      AgentM Systems or Nasca Enterprises is not responsible for the comments made by AgentM- anywhere.
RE: Code Editor
by fred (Acolyte) on Sep 28, 2000 at 18:24 UTC
    oops... double post.

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