SlickEdit and EmacsPosted on 24 Jun 2009
Everyone has their favorite code editor. Different editors suit different needs, but I personally like two of them currently: SlickEdit and Emacs. Both are extremely flexible and efficient editors offering:
- Column editing. If you aren’t aware of this, you should look into it now. Here is a good column editing video.
- Macro recording and playback.
- Efficient code viewing/editing (side by side pages, etc), and editing. I.e. mostly keyboard driven and customizable.
- Integration with debuggers.
- Support for many programming languages.
The big difference between SlickEdit and Emacs is that SlickEdit is commercial software and Emacs is open source. If you are on a budget Emacs is a good solution and also lets you run the editor from a console (emacs -nw), which is handy.
If you go down the Emacs road you will need a little configuration. Below is a minimal set of settings I often use. Pick and choose, and then place these in your .emacs file (in your home directory on Linux, or in your Application Data folder on Windows).
;; ~/.emacs ;; (custom-set-variables ;; custom-set-variables was added by Custom. ;; If you edit it by hand, you could mess it up, so be careful. ;; Your init file should contain only one such instance. ;; If there is more than one, they won't work right. '(inhibit-startup-screen t) '(tool-bar-mode nil) '(transient-mark-mode t)) ;; Resize window on load (setq initial-frame-alist `((left . 0) (top . 0) (width . 100) (height . 60))) ;; Common User Access - Ctrl-X/C/V (cua-mode) ;; In every buffer, the line which contains the cursor will be fully ;; highlighted (global-hl-line-mode 1) ;; Prevent Emacs from making backup files (setq make-backup-files nil) ;; for emacs to insert spaces instead of tab chars (setq-default indent-tabs-mode nil); ;; bind macro recording (global-set-key [f7] 'start-kbd-macro) (global-set-key [f8] 'end-kbd-macro) (global-set-key [f9] 'call-last-kbd-macro) ;; scroll two line at a time with mouse scroll wheel, no acceleration (setq mouse-wheel-scroll-amount '(2 ((shift) . 2) ((control) . nil))) (setq mouse-wheel-progressive-speed nil) ;; column numbers (setq column-number-mode t) ;; format title bar to show full path of current file (setq-default frame-title-format (list '((buffer-file-name " %f" (dired-directory dired-directory (revert-buffer-function " %b" ("%b - Dir: " default-directory))))))) ;; allow use of the x-windows clipboard (setq x-select-enable-clipboard t) (setq interprogram-paste-function 'x-cut-buffer-or-selection-value) ;; ruby ;; based on http://www.rubygarden.org/Ruby ;; /page/show/InstallingEmacsExtensions ;; (add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/site-lisp/ruby") (autoload 'ruby-mode "ruby-mode" "Mode for editing ruby source files") (add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.rb$" . ruby-mode)) (add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.rhtml$" . html-mode)) (add-to-list 'interpreter-mode-alist '("ruby" . ruby-mode)) (autoload 'run-ruby "inf-ruby" "Run an inferior Ruby process") (autoload 'inf-ruby-keys "inf-ruby" "Set local key defs for inf-ruby in ruby-mode") (add-hook 'ruby-mode-hook '(lambda () (inf-ruby-keys))) ;; If you have Emacs 19.2x or older, use rubydb2x (autoload 'rubydb "rubydb3x" "Ruby debugger" t) ;; uncomment the next line if you want syntax highlighting (add-hook 'ruby-mode-hook 'turn-on-font-lock)