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    Can you suggest a good Win7/8 compatible script editor?

    Hi;

    Cut to the chase: I just want a simple script/text editor that will work well with Win7 (or even 8, if I have to go there). (I'm most familiar with Crimson Editor) Any suggestions?

    No, I don't want a whole rigmarole "development environment" like Eclipse.

    I have happily been using the most recent version of Crimson Editor for years and years to do my .php scripting, but I find that some of the Win7 machines I use (like mine at home) always fire the UAC whenever I start it up. I've been farting around playing with compatibility and admin permissions for the last couple of hours and can't seem to get rid of this pesky problem. (It's strange that the Win7 box I have at work...over which I have little control...does NOT have this problem. But my home/personal computers DO!)

    Thanks for any new suggestions.
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    I've been using Komodo Edit (free version, Komodo IDE is the paid version with more bells and whistles) for at least a couple of years now and am quite happy with it.

    If you want something a bit thinner than that, there's always Notepad++.
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    Something slightly less thinner than Notepad++ (and my personal weapon of choice ) would be Vim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogDog View Post
    I've been using Komodo Edit (free version, Komodo IDE is the paid version with more bells and whistles) for at least a couple of years now and am quite happy with it.
    After using Komodo Edit for a year or so, I decided to get the IDE about 4-5 months ago. It is totally worth it.

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    Geany, but I seem to be its only vocal proponent around here, heh.
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    I would imagine that "good" is in the eye of the beholder and depends on what features that particular developer wants. I use Eclipse on an Ubuntu workstation, save all my PHP locally, and test via Apache. Having developed on windows for years (and having tried development on a Mac), This is by far my favorite setup. The features I *really* like:
    1) Project-based file management helps me get to the code I'm after faster
    2) If you put Javadoc comments in your code, the IDE allows enormously helpful autocomplete features which make it so much easier to get your parameters right and avoid typos when typing function names, var names, constants, etc.. Autocomplete rocks my world.
    3) Hitting the F3 key when you have any function highlighted instantly takes you to that function's definition.
    4) Automatic syntax checking makes it super easy to catch syntax errors before they become a problem.

    I suppose if I was more assiduous about everything, I could get the code stepping to work but in practice I have found this to be more trouble than it's worth. If someone has some magic tips I'd love to hear them.

    EDIT: This is the Eclipse I'm talking about (with Zend PDT): http://www.eclipse.org/pdt/downloads/
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    Yeah, but the question is for a simple editor; an IDE is something else again.

    I used Sublime Text 2 for a while; it has some pretty neat features (including multi-file regular-expression search-and-replace; multiple insertion points), but I found its PHP support (i.e., syntax-highlighting and smart indentation) to be somewhat behind the curve.

    Then there's my old standby, Programmer's File Editor. Last updated last century, but in some ways its age works in its favour in that it doesn't bog down trying to do too much.
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    (With lifted sword) ... "vi is the standard text editor..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalecosp View Post
    (With lifted sword) ... "vi is the standard text editor..."
    Following that logic:

    "SGML is the standard mark-up language."

    "C[no pluses] is the standard programming language." (Okay, maybe that's still true?)

    (Actually, I used to be halfway decent with EMACS and much preferred it over vi, but sadly, those skills have largely eroded away.)
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    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and discussion! I've installed Komodo and Geany and both seem to be at a reasonable level of complexity, so I will try to give each a fair shake over the next few weeks. I think the first/most difficult thing to get used to is the different font-color palettes compared to Crimson Editor. I know I can modify such things, but am trying to avoid as much putzyness as possible at the moment.
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    I remember being forced to use emacs and vi in college right about the time MS Word came out. In fact, I had seen MS Word first. I saw Emacs and vi and thought, "you have GOT to be kidding me."

    Nowadays, I like nano if I must use the CLI. It's actually not bad if you have the proper syntax highlighting configured with your nanorc files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalecosp

    (With lifted sword) ... "vi is the standard text editor..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogDog View Post
    Following that logic:
    Actually, the standard joke is that religious arguments, like "which editor is best", are NOT logical.

    I might contend that some arguments in actual religions are more logical than the editor question, but there's plenty to reflect on in the standard joke ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedpacket View Post
    ed, man! man ed
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    If you'd like, take a look at this thread, where I uploaded my Komodo Edit config file for the spiffy color scheme I use.
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