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"good looking" code editor

Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:31 PM

So here goes,

Anyone with a suggestion for a code editor (c, php, html .. and so forth), that is "beautiful"?

That is, visually appealing! Putting aside issues that may that arise as productivity, functionality, efficiency ...

Everything I encounter in terms of design, gives a feeling that I'm in the year 2000...

Is there any more "elegant" solution? I love a good eye candy ...what can I do :S

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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 18 December 2010 - 08:50 PM

Build your own.
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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 18 December 2010 - 09:45 PM

Well... why would you want one. Functional FAR better than "pretty" when it comes to programming. If you want I am sure we can skin one with hello kitty on it for you.
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Posted 18 December 2010 - 09:58 PM

Notepad++ actually has a Hello Kitty ish theme.

The meanwhile, I found "Bend". It's a very simple editor. And it fits my needs for now.
Project has been removed from codeplex, but a few people who got it were kind enough to upload it ^^

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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:17 AM

If I'm on Windows I use Visual Studio (or sometimes Notepad++), if I'm on Linux I use KDevelop. On Mac I used XCode. I also use QTCreator if I'm writing a QT application.
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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:40 AM

View Postnym-ph, on 18 December 2010 - 06:31 PM, said:

So here goes,

Anyone with a suggestion for a code editor (c, php, html .. and so forth), that is "beautiful"?

That is, visually appealing! Putting aside issues that may that arise as productivity, functionality, efficiency ...

Everything I encounter in terms of design, gives a feeling that I'm in the year 2000...

Is there any more "elegant" solution? I love a good eye candy ...what can I do :S


It highly depends on your OS. Eye-candy on Windows would include the Aero Glass and Ribbons.

If thats a little too fancy, good ol' Visual Studio or Notepad++ will do.

View Postcreativecoding, on 18 December 2010 - 08:50 PM, said:

Build your own.


Easier said than done.
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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:45 AM

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Notepad++ actually has a Hello Kitty ish theme.

:D that is kind of neat I suppose.

I am a big fan of Programmer's notepad but it is definitely a classic MDI editor looking program.


Looking at the screen shots I don't see anything particularly intriguing about it. I have to say that I don't think that the "Filthy Rich Applications" approach has ever really made it into editors. Actually windows program's in general don't tend to be all that visually interesting. I suppose you will begin to see a few Scintilla editors with new visual features now that VS2010 is out. You might see some of the MS-Office style toolbar strips etc.
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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:51 AM

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If thats a little too fancy, good ol' Visual Studio or Notepad++ will do.

View Postcreativecoding, on 18 December 2010 - 08:50 PM, said:

Build your own.


Easier said than done.


Actually Notepad++, Programmer's Notepad, and a bunch of other editors are all built using Scintilla which even comes with its own example editor SciTE which is popular in its own right. Scintilla is really just a fancy text editor control with built in syntax highlighting abilities and so it really is not terribly hard to make another editor. What becomes difficult I suppose is adding features that convert and editor into a "programmer's editor" such as regex search and replace, code help, intelisense, zen-coding etc.
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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:52 AM

Eclipse can have it's colour scheme changed fairly easily, as well as some minor skinning. I've only ever used Eclipse in Linux, but it was fairly easy, and when you add on the ability to skin and theme with most of the GUIs (gnome and kde I know can fairly easy), you've got yourself a fairly pretty IDE there.



I don't know about fully skinnable though... I've never really been into skinning my applications. Colour scheme and I'm good to go. But at the same respect I like 'utilitarian' themes, so most software fits right into that easily with some colour tweaking.
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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 19 December 2010 - 03:24 PM

Eclipse and Notepad++
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 04:25 PM

Going to have to disagree with Eclipse being suggested. It's horrible and 'feels' like a program straight out of 2003. (disclaimer: I've actually used it daily for work for six months)

If anything use Netbeans - simpler, faster and much more to the point. The problem I see with Eclipse is that it tries to do too many things at once. Sure it supports a TON of things, but if you only want to program in Java, get Netbeans.

Visual Studio 2010 is also nice to look at and is beautiful aesthetically.

Komodo Edit is also nice and fast, looks good too; if you want to program in Python.

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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 19 December 2010 - 04:44 PM

Whoa! Did somebody just say that a Swing application is prettier than a SWT application? I think I just saw a pig fly by my window.
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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:24 PM

View PostSergio Tapia, on 19 December 2010 - 05:25 PM, said:

If anything use Netbeans - simpler, faster and much more to the point. The problem I see with Eclipse is that it tries to do too many things at once. Sure it supports a TON of things, but if you only want to program in Java, get Netbeans.


*shudder*

NetBeans is terrible. I'd use Eclipse any day.
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:50 PM

If the goal is to find pretty editors we should probably steer clear of anything with a Java GUI. They're all pretty fugly.
I found both Netbeans and Eclipse (and it's been a while since I've used either) to be fairly incompetent at and unwilling to handle anything other than Java projects.
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Re: "good looking" code editor

Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:13 AM

View PostGWatt, on 20 December 2010 - 01:50 AM, said:

If the goal is to find pretty editors we should probably steer clear of anything with a Java GUI. They're all pretty fugly.
I found both Netbeans and Eclipse (and it's been a while since I've used either) to be fairly incompetent at and unwilling to handle anything other than Java projects.


Really? Hrm. I installed Eclipse 2 years ago for the sole purpose of trying out PyDev. I thought it was pretty fantastic.
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