View Full Version : What do you look for in a Editor?

01-18-2003, 09:06 PM

I am making a C# editor and I would like to know what kind of features do you like to see?

Thank You

01-18-2003, 09:07 PM
on the fly error detection, ala JBuilder 7.

01-18-2003, 09:41 PM
To quote Einstein, Keep it simple, as simple as possible, but no simpler.

EDIT- But to quote Tim Holder, The simpler it is, the harder it is.

What I look for in an editor is it being vi. So long as that condition is met, I'm happy.

01-19-2003, 02:40 AM
Something that Bill ates and his cronies haven't tried to put their hand in to mak it more "User Friendly"

01-19-2003, 03:34 AM
Yeah VI rules. Make a VI clone but with syntax highlighting for C#

01-19-2003, 04:05 AM
>on the fly error detection, ala JBuilder 7.

That kind of things and other things like being able to attach several compilers and other tools to the editor or being able to add new language files are usefull, but that would make it an IDE, not an editor.

Things I look for in editors for one specific language:
- a simple and intuitive layout
- syntax highlighting
- automatic identation
- making use of templates (for example standard function headers)

01-19-2003, 04:06 AM
>> automatic indentation

Yes, thats a must-have

01-19-2003, 07:31 AM
all the above, and please god, no lame little paper clip guy.....

/* maybe line numbering?

01-19-2003, 07:51 AM
line numbering only if its needed. for example, in MSVC++ the numbers arn't needed cause if u double click on an error/warning it highlights it for you.