Looking for an editor

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

  1. bcostacurta macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hello,

    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.

    Thanks.
    Bye,
    Bruno
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    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

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  4. lloyddean macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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.

    Find:
    MacVim here
    QT here
    RealBasic here

    Stephen
     
  6. bcostacurta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #6
    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.

    Bye,
    Bruno
     

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