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Old 10-09-2005, 02:58 PM   #1
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Question text editor for slackware - KDE to type C code

Hey all!

I'm now starting to learn to program in C. I installed Slackware - KDE and I wanted to know witch text editor should I use to be able to have code highlighting and tabs for diferent files.

I'm a newbie both in linux and slackware so I don't really know what's already here besides pico and vi.

Thanks for any help
Old 10-09-2005, 03:05 PM   #2
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Emacs and VIM can be configured to do syntax highlighting and indentation. I prefer KATE because you don't have to do much manual configuration. The only downside is that you can't use KATE in text only mode.
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For most programming I recommend jEdit, but it may not match your needs.
If you want a full IDE, checkout KDevelop or Eclipse.
As usual, doing a search on or for text editors, etc. should help you out. If there is one thing Linux has in spades, it's text editors.
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I use KDE only for my GUI and I use Kate for my editor. I tend to use Kate for all of my text editing, even the simplest of text files, although I'm trying to get into a habit of using KEdit for very simple files. I don't do any C programming, but I am continuing to learn more about bash programming and I like Kate's syntax highlighting for that. I also use Kate for some HTML editing.

Kate can provides tabs---sort of. There is a pre-packaged plug-in that you need to enable to provide that functionality.

I wish some more Kate plug-ins would appear, however. For example, today I wanted to sort a simple text file that I was editing in Kate. Yes, that is easily done from the command line with the sort command, but I would enjoy seeing that type of tool in Kate. I guess I got spoiled over the years with MS Word's built-in sorting.

In text only mode I dislike every editor I've tried because none use a menuing system similar to that provided in the KDE (or Windows) GUI. I tolerate vim, however, which provides syntax highlighting.

You might want to investigate Quanta Plus. I am just getting started with that environment. As already mentioned, because you are interested in C, check out KDevelop. Both tools should already be installed on your Slackware-KDE system.


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