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editors, again

Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
I think I asked this many months back, I guess I'm hopingfor some new news

What I REALLY want is for TextEdit to let me see the line numbers on a document I'm editing.

What I REALLY DON'T WANT is a newfangled editor with a whole friggin' bunch of new features that take up my valuable pixels.

What's the simplest, leanest, most feature-free Mac editor that has a line number option?


p.s. Part of my pain here is that, at any given time, I might have 15 or 20 editor windows up, so I need the leanest GUI I can get! - You have to hand it to TextEdit - it's lean!

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Lasse Koskela

Joined: Jan 23, 2002
Posts: 11962
Would TextMate do it for you?

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Bear Bibeault
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
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I use BBEdit, which could hardly be called "lean and mean", but they have a "junior" version called TextWrangler that I know nothing about but you might want to check out.

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marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
...they have a "junior" version called TextWrangler that I know nothing about but you might want to check out.

Definitely. I love TextWrangler for quick and dirty stuff.

And it's free: TextWrangler.
[ August 18, 2008: Message edited by: marc weber ]

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Bill Shirley
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Joined: Nov 08, 2007
Posts: 457
if you want it spartan, i would suggest emacs or vi,
both available in the terminal window,
and Terminal has some nice new options regarding colors and tabs,

in vi,

in emacs ... you can google it,
of if you're not familiar with emacs, i suggest getting a book,

i have used both as my main editor at different points in my career
(yes, i'm old =)
learning either is a worthwhile endeavor,
though i don't generally suggest them as your main editor now,
either is likely preferable over TextEdit,

i find after a few minutes in vi, my fingers start thinking by themselves,

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Pauline McNamara

Joined: Jan 19, 2001
Posts: 4012
Along with what's already been suggested, for really simple I like SubEthaEdit.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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