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I am buying a Nokia 5230, and wanted to know if there existed any text editors with syntax highlighting features for it? The more customizable, the better, as I program in many different languages, some of which are not even known to the public.

Just to clarify, this is for writing code on the phone, not writing code for the platform. Basically I want to be able to jot down code ideas, do some scripting etc. on the go. Things that you can do on a bus, and don't need to do in isolation at home/your office.

So basically, what I'm after is a text editor that allows me to do that easily on my Nokia 5230. The phone runs Symbian s60v5, by the way. Also, if you know of other on-phone development tools that are worth getting, please let me know.

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You're acting under the impression that editing on a phone is worth doing. It's not.

I have tried, multiple times, to find a decent text editor for iOS / Android. I haven't found it. Nothing reviews well either.

Main points are clumsy UI, the very small space you have available (especially when you clutter it with a keyboard), poor processing speeds, and horrific file managing. It's a completely different experience from a dedicated keyboard.

Now if you could link (Bluetooth?) a keyboard to it then I believe some of these applications could make headway.

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It's a lot better than having nothing, and unquestionably the best option for me when my computer is not with me. Sure it won't be as smooth as working with a PC, but I'm fine with that. I was just looking for a good text editor to at least make it as comfy as possible with the limited resources. Maybe if nobody wants to make one, then I can? –  Oystein Dec 22 '10 at 19:09
@Øystein: It's not a matter of better then nothing, it's frustrating, slow, and generally gives you a migrane. Better to sleep on the bus or read a book. Programming on a 10in<sup>2</sup> surface is not my idea of playing around. I break out my iSSH app only when absolutely necessary, as in the world is ending fix the server. –  Josh K Dec 22 '10 at 19:32
To me it is important to have a way to write down code ideas and such when on the go, but I guess people are different. I hope you are wrong though, and that a good editor does exist, because that would make things at least a little bit easier. –  Oystein Dec 22 '10 at 20:07
@Øystein: What's wrong with pencil and paper for jotting down ideas? –  Josh K Dec 22 '10 at 20:32
Mainly that I don't normally bring it with me. And it's hard to transfer to a computer. –  Oystein Dec 22 '10 at 20:39
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i found only ded from j. Bakunin (as good text editor also for code with no syntax highlighting).

ps. Personal experience, often, can't be general or right (i'm referring to "is better the paper than a text editor on the phone"). For example i work fine, for quick code under 10k chars, with my 320x240 screen with ded. Now, one guy says "it's horrible", another one "it's ok", who wins? No one. These are useless informations, imo.

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