[kwlug-disc] Ubunbtu 11.04 : Source Code Editors

John Johnson jvj at golden.net
Sat May 14 21:24:40 EDT 2011

OK. I suspect that this may start a flame war but that is not my intent.

Over the past while and on Win* I have learned to use Notepad++ with its 
out-of-the-box colour syntax highlighting for most source code formats, 
e.g. C, C#, Java, PHP, HTML & CSS.
As far as I can tell, this feature on gedit available on Ubuntu/Linux is 
a bit weak "out-of-box".

Moreover, with a new install of Ubunbtu 11.04 I am getting errors 
w/gedit (again out-of -the-box).
It appears that gedit is trying to update a history file or file(s) and 
that this operation is failing due to permissions.
(n.b. As I am not logged in as 'root' or 'superuser' I have been using: 
sudo to launch gedit.)

And here it goes:
Can the list recommend a good source code editor for Linux/Ubuntu?
- similar to Notepad++
- colour syntax highlighting for most source code
- colour highlighting for nested parentheses
- colour highlighting for different styles of parentheses
- etc
- and that does not require tweaking of ini or similar files

I know of: nano vi vim gedit but am not fluent with any of these tools.
Vim is ok but (IMO) remains clunky .

By mistake, the other day I typed "vi" and, for a minute, thought I was 
back in the 1980s.

Tx: JohnJ
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