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Is C# development effectively inseparable from the IDE you use?

I'm a Python programmer learning C# who is trying to stop worrying and just love C# for what it is, rather than constantly comparing it back to Python. I'm caught up on one point: the lack of ...
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12answers
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Must a programmer learn text editors like Emacs and Vim? How important are they? [duplicate]

I have been writing code so far in conventional text editors that come with the OS so far or use an IDE in some cases. I know there are some advanced text editors like Emacs and Vim available solely ...
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20answers
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Time to drop Emacs and vi? [duplicate]

Every time you are looking for a text editor, no matter what language you are using, vi and Emacs are hall-of-famers. However they are ancient, and we have better alternatives (at least I hope we ...
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16answers
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What justifies the use of an IDE versus a standard editor?

I find myself using my text editor of choice (vim, nano, gedit, pick your poison) much more often than any IDE as of late. After noticing my ide shortcuts getting dusty I started to think about ...
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19answers
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Does new generation of programmers use Emacs? [closed]

I know that Emacs was very popular a few decades ago, but now - when there are a lot of IDEs and text editors, is it still popular between us?
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Emacs-as-OS: obsolete? [closed]

In an attempt to reach at least beginner status with such a legendary editor, I have been coding in Emacs for the last two months. I try to keep an open heart, but I find myself continally ...
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8answers
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What are some ways to be more productive with Emacs?

I've used Emacs quite a bit, and I'm comfortable with the most basic commands/shortcuts, but I know Emacs has a lot more to offer than what I'm using. What are some of the lesser known features of ...
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14answers
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What are your thoughts on online editors? [closed]

Currently, I'm an Emacs user, (I'm used to the commands, and I work in a bunch of different languages day-to-day, one of which is Common Lisp, so it's the natural choice), but a recent-ish talk by ...
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10answers
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Why would you use vi/vim [duplicate]

I often see people express a preference for vi or vim for text editing or even for programming. I've tried it and I can't see how it could possibly be any faster or easier. If you use one of them, ...
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8answers
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How do you make slides for programming talks? [closed]

I've given a few talks recently and I have not found a good way to make slides. Here are a few desirable characteristics for programming slides: They're slides. A standard emacs buffer won't do it. ...
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7answers
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Emacs and “self-reinforcing performance”

In short, my question for you hardcore Emacs users is this: have you achieved this "self-reinforcing performance" Steve Yegge talks about? Emacs is self-hosting: writing things in it makes the ...
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6answers
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What Features of an IDE Would Make It More Useful Than A General Purpose Editor

I am authoring a IDE for the Lua language. I find that many programmers do not like to use IDE and prefer VIM (which is in vogue at the moment), SCiTE, or . In trying to win some mind-share I am ...
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1answer
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Online Code Editor [closed]

The major online IDEs are hosted on the service provider's server. Examples are Kodingen, Cloud9, ShiftEdit. Hence they would be unavailable if the external server was down for some reason, and I ...
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6answers
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How would you highlight code? [closed]

While the basic scenarios are white on black and black on white, most programmers find more varied syntax highlighting useful. What advantages do you find from a general setup? (E.g. "a dark ...
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7answers
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What is the best toolkit for writing long technical texts?

I'm looking for a toolkit in the form of one or a couple of applications that can be used to write long technical texts (such as an introduction to a programming language). What applications (or ...
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5answers
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Notepad++ Tips and Tricks [closed]

What are some things to know that can make you more productive with Notepad++?
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6answers
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What is the benefit of a visual editor over straight programming?

I'm trying to figure out what the benefit to having a WYSIWYG HTML editor over hard coding, outside of, say, accessibility. It seems like a waste of time to learn how to use something like ...
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4answers
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HTML text editor with DOM manipulation?

While editing a static HTML file today, I realized, that many things I did using search and replace with regular expressions, would be much easier using JavaScript (and possibly a DOM library like ...
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4answers
770 views

Fast cold start text editor [closed]

Is there text editor with c# syntax highlight which starts VERY FAST? I just want look source code some files in project and i donnt want wait 30 seconds while VS starts.
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6answers
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Do we really need to save source code?

While hacking on some static analysis tool, I realized I could make the task at hand (irrelevant for this question) much easier by saving the source files on-the-fly, while they were being edited. ...
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5answers
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Why are dark color schemes in editors so popular? [closed]

Nowadays, almost everybody is using a dark color scheme in their code editor - dark background with light text. Even most web based editors (e.g on Github) feature dark color schemes. I honestly ...
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3answers
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When is it ever ok to write your own development tools? (editor into IDE)

So I'm foremost using a text editor for coding. It's a very bare bones editor; provides mostly just syntax highlighting. But on rare occasions I also need to debug something. And that's when I have to ...
5
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4answers
347 views

Domain-aware code text editors [closed]

General text editors don't change greatly. Syntax highlighting and code collapsing are not big changes really. If an editor is structure or domain aware, this usually comes with a different layouts - ...
5
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1answer
462 views

Open .doc file from my website in browser

What's the best way to give the end-user of my web application the ability to open, edit and save (via browser) word documents that are stored in my database? I have this working by doing an html ...
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3answers
809 views

Where are the next-next-generation editors?

I was reading an old Coding Horror article about indentation, when I read this: Or, maybe you're using a next-next-generation editor that treats code as "data" and the layout (including ...
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9answers
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How frequently do you switch mode? [closed]

I tried VIM and liked it but something stopped from using it: I had to type ESC to often, very often, something like each 5 seconds, and it was highly uncomfortable, so I stopped using it as a primary ...
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8answers
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Java editor/IDE for beginners? [closed]

I teach some beginners the fundamentals of Java these days and they need to see the output for their small programs such as Hello world, etc. I need basic editor that contains code highlighting and ...
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1answer
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C++ code navigation on OS X

Other than using Emacs / Vim with ctags or cscope or both, are there alternatives to C++ code navigation of an existing code base? I used to use Source Insight on Windows and it worked for me fairly ...
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2answers
264 views

Reflective practice in programming using keystroke playback

I'm thinking of applying Reflective Practice to improving my programming skills. To that end, I want to be able to watch myself writing code. In general, what is a good method for applying ...
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3answers
1k views

How to implement a text editor in a browser? [closed]

This is purely an exercise in self improvement and education.I am trying to implement an extension for a vi-like text editor within a browser. Can anyone give any advice or pointers as to where and ...
2
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3answers
158 views

What do you use macros in your editor for? [closed]

My editor of choice is Notepad++. It has macro capabilities, but as much as I think, I don't see how can I use it for anything. Do you use macros in your editor that have made your work easier? ...
2
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2answers
236 views

Inserting copyright notice

What is the easiest way to insert copyright notice in lots of PHP files. It's not possible to do it manually.
2
votes
2answers
590 views

Highlight global variable in vim (or any other free editor)

In Source Insight, global variable show up in a different colour. Is there a way to accomplish this in vi (or any other free editor)?
2
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2answers
324 views

Would like to add features to Text Editor - which editor to choose? [closed]

I would like to add some new features to a text editor. The main requirements I have are: Should be a programmer's editor I would like to target C# editor features to start with (since I work in ...
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7answers
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Why do people use terminal text editors? [duplicate]

Are there any inherent advantages to a terminal text editor over a gui version of the same editor (vim and gvim for example) or are the people using terminal text editors just using them because ...
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2answers
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Was Xcode created with Xcode?

I don't want to get too philosophical here (like did God create God?), but how did Apple create Xcode? Would it have been possible for them to use Xcode to create Xcode? Or would they have to use ...
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1answer
538 views

What's the best language to use for a simple windows 7 dynamic gui desktop app [closed]

[Note: I hope I am not breaking etiquette, but I originally posted a variant on this question here, but am re-asking here because I am making this now solely a question about programming.] I would ...
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1answer
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Switch form paragraph mode to line break mode in WYSIWYG editor because of client request?

I'm building a website fro a client which uses TinyMCE as the main WYSIWYG editor. Now my client asked if it is possible to write a line and make a line break and then continue without leaving a ...
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3answers
1k views

IDE vs. Text Editor [duplicate]

I know this has been asked..but I cant find a clear answer. Many advanced programmers prefer text editors, but for me IDE's make things much faster. I've been using eclipse for a year and using a text ...
0
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1answer
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Does Text Editor Sign The Files?

As images have EXIF data which provide info about where and how they are created, do any Text Editors append such kind of descriptive details to code files? For example I use Coda for my programming ...
0
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1answer
790 views

Is it efficient to use the number pad in your programming [closed]

I'm a programmer and use vim for all my software. I use the hjkl keys to avoid moving from the home row. Is it efficient/inefficient using the number pad on the keyboard? My thoughts are probably ...
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3answers
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Key bindings war in my brain

How many key bindings are there in your brain? I personally use Intellij Idea as my primary IDE for development, but sometimes switch to Eclipse and Netbeans a bit, and sometimes I use ...
0
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1answer
775 views

Best way to quickly explore/grok open source C/C++ projects? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a suggested workflow for quickly being able to download various c/c++ open source projects and then begin intelligently navigate sources. "Intelligently" means being able to jump ...
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1answer
264 views

good c++ editor [closed]

I'm going to teach teenagers some C++ code. I need an editor which is simple and has built in compiler. We tried CodeBlocks but when we installed it in the machines, the text got reversed, I'm not ...
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2answers
909 views

Sublime Text plugin: automatic text insertion when creating a file [on hold]

The title should be rather explicit. When a file is created, I'd like to have a text automatically pasted at the top of it. The plugin would also be able to insert the text on existing files. Of ...
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1answer
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How to restrict user submitted CSS within <div> [closed]

We are having rich text editor in which we can insert html. if any input contains <style> tag then the css is applied to entire window. is it possible to restrict that CSS to be applied within ...
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2answers
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Good text editor w/syntax highlighting for symbian phones? [closed]

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, ...