Montag, 17. Mai 2010

Editors for web design on Linux

In this post I'm going to compare a few text, html, css and js editors for linux. There won't be a Dreamweaver or Frontpage clone here, because frankly, I don't like those "web IDE's", I don't like them at all. They are bloated, generate code I don't like and are just kinda slow.  Of course for JAVA related programming, use netbeans or eclipse and for .NET projects Visual Studio.

My all time favourite text editor is notepad++, which is small, fast and plugin-enabled. Sadly, it's windows only. Following are e few alternatives to notepad++ on Linux. The editors I'll list all have syntax highlighting for multiple languages, are small and fast, tabs for multiple documents and some are even plugin-enabled.

Great syntax highlighting (tons of languages).

Has a side pane for documents.

A fullscreen setting - great for small screens.

Supports plugins.

Doesn't support projects.

No debugging. 

Comes with a nice set of tools (Make RPMs etc).

Supports JavaScript projects.

JavaScript debugger.

Supports Plugins.

Built-In CVS support.

Supports overview over functions in left pane.

Supports plugins.

Does not support projects.

The menus aren't easy to navigate.

This list will grow as I try more editors, so far my favorite is Anjunta IDE, because it's small, clean and supports everything I need - it's like Visual Studio meets Notepad.


  1. oooops) didnt noticed points on it)))

  2. hehe, well NetBeans and Eclipse - while pretty mighty, are not what I was looking for. I think they're quite the overkill for (smaller) web projects. And at the end of the day, I'm still a Visual Studio guy and Java IDEs make me itchy all over. ;-)