[nycphp-talk] Linux editors

Jon Baer jonbaer at
Sun Aug 26 15:50:18 EDT 2007

My own personal experience has gone from Modelworks SitePad on  
Windows -> Bluefish on Linux -> TextMate on OS X.

I actually liked Bluefish, but have not kept up on what the latest  
1.0 delivered.

- Jon

On Aug 26, 2007, at 1:34 PM, bz-gmort at wrote:

> Since there are a lot of people here who probably code in PHP(ha)  
> and use Linux, I thought I'd ask here if anyone is familiar with  
> GUI programmer editors in Linux.
> Yes, yes, I can and do use VI when on linux.  But my work habits  
> have formed over the years based on using the best tool for my  
> mindset on the platform I had to use(Windows XP).
> So my editor of choice has been UltraEdit.
> The features of UltraEdit which I like(and they are probably  
> laughably small):
> FTP built into the editor:
> I can open my files right off a remote server without any fiddle  
> faddling around.
> SSH built into the editor:
> More importantly FTP over SSH so I can still open files right off a  
> remove server.
> Automatic code collapse:
> Ultraedit has a tag library for PHP and HTML.
> When I'm editing a PHP file, it automatically find the start and  
> stop of tags and I can collapse them.  So I can open a huge PHP  
> file, collapse all the functions into single lines, and than scan  
> through and find the function I'm interested in.
> While coding, once I have finished a section, I can collapse it and  
> see what came before it and goes after it.
> It is this last feature that I have had a hard time finding in  
> other editors.  Heck, I downloaded the latest Dreamweaver for a  
> ProStores project(as it was the only way to get the who collection  
> of program scripts out of prostores without downloading 1 by 1) and  
> the best it had to offer was that I could create my own code foldings.
> At the past PHP meeting, it finally sunk in to me that for years  
> I've been saying "I'd really love to develop in Linux, but I have  
> to run Lotus Notes for work and you can't get the full environment  
> to work reliably in Linux[ok, that's not quite TRUE.  Those  
> individuals who were not second class citizens at work were welcome  
> to use the Linux test platform which had all such goodness built  
> into it.  However, such a platform was not for the likes of a  
> second class contractor such as myself.  The best I could get was a  
> notes client, but no development or admin client without which I  
> was dead in the water)
> Well, that time is past, and other than the periodic UG meeting I  
> will likely never set foot in that company again, and even if I do  
> I won't need to keep my personal system compatible with their work  
> environment.  So, it's time to bite the bullet.  Time to learn to  
> code in linux and break my bad Windows habits.
> All I need is the editor to do it with.
> So any suggestions?
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