And now that I’m done with my Thunderbird playtime, I think I’ll take a week or two to kick the tires of three new (or new to me, at least!) apps that I hope will find a place in my programming setup: Smultron, TextMate, and VoodooPad Lite. The first two are geared to be hardcore text editors for programmers — syntax coloring, code libraries, and the like — and the third is more of a notepad to help keep track of all the information that doesn’t make it into the code. They all look cool, so I think it’ll be fun to see what they can do!


Without trying to start too much of a religious war, let me point out that GNU Emacs is the one true text editor. It does everything you want, and as an added bonus, all of its keybindings are totally different than any other application you have every used. :-)

For an interesting take on merging together documentation with code, check out Literate Programming. It’s an interesting concept where the source code produces both documentation and binaries. JavaDoc is in some ways derivative of this kind of initiative.

• Posted by: Sam Greenfield on Oct 7, 2004, 3:29 PM
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