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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best free multi-platform programmer's editor on osx"

    October 18, 2011  |   By dumb0x

    Pros

    ~ free / open source
    ~ dozens of languages built-in
    ~ syntax highlighting
    ~ syntax checking
    ~ predictive auto-completion
    ~ tabbed windowing
    ~ lots of time saving features
    ~ drag and drop interface
    ~ built-in HTML preview
    ~ code collapse
    ~ projects
    ~ built-in ftp
    ~ customizable / configurable
    ~ works on osx, win, and linux and provides identical user experience across all three

    I teach web design at a h.s. with mac osx workstations. It was a nightmare finding a good programmer's editor for osx that didn't do *too much* for my students (so they would actually learn how to code), yet had "training wheels" like syntax highlighting, was affordable for my school, and was multi-platform (so they could work at home on their projects also).

    To the reviewer who said it is not free: you are confusing Komodo *IDE* with Komodo *Edit*. Komodo Edit is free (no-trial) and open source and can be downloaded from ActiveState's website. Komodo IDE is a commercial product built on top of Komodo Edit.

    Cons

    ~ I wish it hooked in to HTMLTidy / the W3C HTML syntax checker natively.
    ~ The ftp connector is useful for experts, but confusing for beginners who need to modify a local copy, then "push" it to the server.

    Summary

    This is *the* way to go if you are looking for a programmer's editor that is free and runs on osx or on several platforms.

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