Looking for an editor

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by bcostacurta, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. bcostacurta macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    Luxembourg - Europe

    I'm looking for an editor dedicated to development tasks, ie. syntax coloring, project, subversion support ..etc..

    Note: I installed Xcode but :

    - seems overweight
    - it is lost in /Developer/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/MacOS/Xcode ... how to add it into the path or have a shortcut in the Application to avoid opening a terminal, go to the path to start it ?

    Note : I'm an Apple newbie.

  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    What languages will you be programming in? You can take a look at Eclipse and NetBeans as full IDE options. If you just need a text editor you can look at TextMate and TextWrangler among others.
  3. zippyfly macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2008
  4. lloyddean macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2009
    Des Moines, WA
    Welcome newbie, er bcostacurta

    I'm guessing you're more familiar with some other *nix variant(s).

    Starting Xcode in the implied fashion (through Terminal with, what, ./Developer/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/MacOS/Xcode) is likely to be a cause of inexplicable problems and frustration.

    From the Terminal 'open -a Xcode' would be the more correct way.

    Alternate could include using Spotlight (activated with Command-space from the keyboard from within anywhere) and typing Xcode and hitting Return.

    An alias to Xcode could be placed into /Applications through drag-n-drop of the Xcode icon from /Developer/Applications and dropping it into the /Applications folder while holding the Command and Options keys.

    Another would be to place it into the the Dock using drag-n-drop from /Developer/Applications into the left side of the Dock.

    Just don't launch Xcode using anything other than open -a Xcode as any GUI setup preformed by Finder would be bypassed.
  5. SRossi macrumors regular

    May 27, 2009
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Personally my favourite is MacVim basically it is just Vim from the console as a GUI editor. Does everything that a text editor does, like the syntax colouring, automatic line indention etc.

    But by the sounds of wanting a application to handle projects personally I would get into using Xcode for the Mac, but there is also QT for C++, or there is RealBasic for Visual Basic sort of applications or as angelwatt said there is a few java GUI applications out there.

    I have not said all the developer tools out there but just to give you an overview.

    MacVim here
    QT here
    RealBasic here

  6. bcostacurta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    Luxembourg - Europe
    Thanks to all.

    Indeed I more used with *nix environments.

    I installed Xcode which looks good for full application, but currently I'm more looking for scripting and Perl developments so MacVim is more adapted to the needs.


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