[thelist] Text Editor (IDE)

Diane Soini dianesoini at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 14 21:36:50 CDT 2004

I guess you use windows and wouldn't be interested in Mac programs, but 
someone else asked about it, so I'll say what I use. I use BBEdit on 
the Mac. Nice things I like are that it recognized php syntax as soon 
as I installed php and started writing it. It recognizes all kinds of 
syntax, but I'm not sure why. I've never looked it up. The best thing 
about it is the grep search capabilities. Lots of editors I've used on 
Windows have that, but they are stuck in the Windows UI universe and 
force me to attempt to write regular expressions in 10pt arial font in 
tiny little text boxes. I go blind trying to do that. It's impossible. 
The text in my BBEdit is 14pt Andale Mono so I can actually read what I 

On Windows I use TextPad sometimes. I don't like it much, but at least 
the regular expressions work. I use Homesite usually, but I can't 
figure out the regular expression searching, so I resort to TextPad for 
that. Nice thing about TextPad is it is free. Another nice thing is 
that I can create syntax highlighting by creating a special file and 
dropping it into a directory. You can probably do that with other 
programs, but I have never looked into it.

Nice thing about Homesite is if I want to do a find and replace I can 
highlight the word I want to find, click Ctrl+F and the highlighted 
text is already inserted in the field. And I like the ability to create 
snippets, and to share those snippet files with other people working on 
the same files.

I guess I do a lot of find and replace.


On Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at 04:03 AM, 
thelist-request at lists.evolt.org wrote:

> Subject: [thelist] Text Editor (IDE)
> Reply-To: ad at netvisao.pt, "thelist at lists.evolt.org" 
> <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
>     What's your text editor of choice?
>     What special features has it got and what programming and markup
> languages does it support?
>     I've used, amongst others, Dreamweaver, UltraEdit, plain old 
> notepad
> and VIM [all mainly for (X)HTML, CSS and JavaScript]. However I can't
> say I'm fully satisfied with any of the above.
>     I've tried other solutions for ASP and PHP and found great 
> features on
> it I'd like to see on other IDEs. One of the features I'd like to have
> is the possibility to group a specific block of code/markup and expand
> and collapse it. Anyone?
>     AD
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