Recently I’ve been looking for a new coding editor to meet my own specific needs. I’ve settled on one, but am always happy to look at potential replacements, if they’ll make my life easier. Anyway, my intention is to add short reviews of these editors as I look at them.
I hand code everything, so I’m not after anything WYSIWYG. However, I would like functionality to preview anything in a number of different browsers (and if I can define them myself, that’s even better). The code should be syntax highlighted with line numbers and, optionally, ident guides. I should be able to word wrap too. Oh, and it has to be free.
And that’s about it. Simple. Sweet.
ActiveState Komodo Edit
Download from… http://www.activestate.com/Products/komodo_edit/
Download size… 29.7Mb Installation size… 95.5Mb
So… Komodo Edit. It’s a sub-set of the full commercial Komodo IDE and is a rather good, if basic, editor. All the functionality I want is there but the browser support is limited – strangely to my default (Firefox) and those it’s detected – two different routes to, erm, Firefox. I think it wants me to use Firefox. I can’t find anyway to specify anything different.
It’s also very slow to start-up. You can see from the details above that, once installed, it takes a whopping 95.5Mb. In comparison my current editor, which is far more feature-rich and has numerous plugins installed, takes up 3.5Mb.
Code highlighting is good though and it has the full plethora of my display requirements (line numbers, etc).
Summary of ActiveState Komodo EditAlthough it has most of what I want, it’s basic-ness means that the occasional time I am looking for another function, it’s unlikely to be there. Along with its bulk and its browser limitations, it means I can’t rate it too highly
Reviewed by David Artiss on 16th November 2007.