Question: Best Free Text Editor For All Popular Languages (R, Python, Perl Etc..)
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gravatar for John
2.1 years ago by
John1.1k
John1.1k wrote:

I am using tinn-R (R editor) and notepad++ as general text editors. I wonder if there is a better text editor for free, that is multi-purpose. I have heard about UltraEdit but need to buy it. Wikipedia has extensive list with comparision but I do not know what is good and what is bad. I need to use both Windows and Linux. .....

ADD COMMENTlink modified 15 days ago by Mark Vohler0 • written 2.1 years ago by John1.1k
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gravatar for Burlappsack
2.1 years ago by
Burlappsack570
Burlappsack570 wrote:

I have been getting great mileage with vi, covering all my text writing and a good deal of reading as well. It's available on almost all Unix/Linux machines, and I'm sure there is a port to Cygwin out there.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Burlappsack570

Vi/vim via Cygwin: http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Cygwin

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Alex Paciorkowski3.0k

+1 for vi......

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by lh320k

+1 for vi(m), even if I normally use a different editor, learning some basics in vi is essential, because it is often the only available editor if you are logged in to a server's console, and requires text mode only.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Michael Dondrup27k
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gravatar for Zev.Kronenberg
2.1 years ago by
Zev.Kronenberg7.5k
United States
Zev.Kronenberg7.5k wrote:

for all my text needs: emacs, textwrangler

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Zev.Kronenberg7.5k
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emacs for me: +1.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Sean Davis15k
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+1 for emacs, especially the R-integration is very good. I am using AquaEmacs, everything works out-of-the-box.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Michael Dondrup27k
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+1 for emacs...

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by lh320k
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Sad that this is how I earned the "nice answer badge"... oh well :-). I haven't used Aquamacs. I will have to check it out.

ADD REPLYlink modified 23 days ago • written 2.1 years ago by Zev.Kronenberg7.5k
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it's called Aquamacs btw...

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Michael Dondrup27k

GNU emacs - It is what I use on the servers. I don't really use Aquamacs although I do have it on my laptop.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Zev.Kronenberg7.5k
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gravatar for Jeremy Leipzig
2.1 years ago by
Philadelphia, PA
Jeremy Leipzig12k wrote:

I use RStudio Server for anything and everything in R. The web app is amazingly seamless, just as performant as a desktop app. It also keeps your session alive so when you get home it is like you never left work.

It is a shame there is nothing similar for general text editing.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Jeremy Leipzig12k
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"when you get home it is like you never left work"... Is it really a good point? I'm just kidding... ;-)

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Manu Prestat2.8k
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Rstudio standalone versions works great as well!

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Robert Ernst60
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gravatar for Chris Khoo
2.1 years ago by
Chris Khoo80
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Chris Khoo80 wrote:

Sublime Text is a pretty good one as well - http://www.sublimetext.com/

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Chris Khoo80
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+1 for sublime text. Not only it is awesome but it is implemented in python, highly dynamic and really customizable.

ADD REPLYlink written 23 days ago by cnluzon20

Why does it matter what language it's implemented in?

ADD REPLYlink written 23 days ago by Deedee1.6k

Oh sorry, somehow I missed the point before expressing it. I forgot to say it. An advantage of it being implemented in python is that any customization you add gets active on the fly, for instance, you can implement snippets and incorporate them to the software (even add options to the GUI) in execution time, without even restarting the editor. This could have been done with other languages, but certainly not with all of them (at least not easily), so for this reason I consider it an advantage. The fact that these snippets and add-ons can also be implemented in python is an advantage for me, although probably this one is a very subjective advantage.

ADD REPLYlink written 23 days ago by cnluzon20

Sublime is the most I used, really usefull and friendly

ADD REPLYlink written 22 days ago by edufoju0

Yep...sublime text is the one! Keep in your mind these words "Multiple Selects"!

ADD REPLYlink modified 22 days ago • written 22 days ago by Guilherme0

Liked it!! Cool.

ADD REPLYlink written 16 days ago by Prakki Rama350
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gravatar for Michael Dondrup
2.1 years ago by
Bergen
Michael Dondrup27k wrote:

I am using Eclipse IDE solely for Java, where it really shines, by providing auto-comepletion (makes you a lazy programmer), auto correction (makes you even more lazy) on the fly documentation browsing, subversion integration, code generation for web-services, and another gazillion of features and plug-ins I haven't even found yet. Other IDEs like NetBeans will most likely be as good or even better. Eclipse is a heavyweight (memory, slow response), actually for most scripting tasks in bioinformatics it is way oversized.

If I wanted to use it for a quick perl script, I'd have that script finished and debugged in emacs while eclipse wouldn't even have completed loading yet. Also, while plugins for perl and R exist, they do not provide the same richness of auto-(write my code for me) features as the Java environment. As a consequence, I use emacs for Perl and R. Especially the R-integration in emacs is very solid. Also, if you are new to Java or programming I would abstain from any IDE, because IDEs hinder the process of really learning a language IMO. It is like trying to learn a new language by using google translate.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Michael Dondrup27k

+1 For the review of Eclipse. I use Emacs (or Aquamacs) for writing Perl scripts, but for larger programs or modules the EPIC - Eclipse integration really shines. It helps you keep track of all variable and subroutine names, takes care of formatting how you like automatically, and gives you warnings without having to execute the program. http://www.epic-ide.org/

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by SES4.3k
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gravatar for Gustavo
2.1 years ago by
Gustavo480
Seattle
Gustavo480 wrote:

http://www.jedit.org/ is excellent.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Gustavo480

looks great - I was looking for free software with Folding option ..

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by John1.1k

My favorite jEdit feature is that you can select a part of the document on both directions, e.g. a column of few characters wide, over multiple lines. This very conveniently combines with doing replacements.

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Egon Willighagen4.6k

+1 My Favorite. But plugins are a must have!

ADD REPLYlink written 2.1 years ago by Raymond301100
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gravatar for Geparada
2.1 years ago by
Geparada860
Chile
Geparada860 wrote:

I'm using Geany. It's a small and fast IDE and I really like it!

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Geparada860
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gravatar for Deedee
2.1 years ago by
Deedee1.6k
Tennessee
Deedee1.6k wrote:

There's the StatET plugin for Eclipse:

http://navisan.com/Articles/EclipseRHTML.aspx

^ The link is a bit of a year 1999 flashback, but the information within is useful

EDIT: Here's a link to the StatET page:

http://www.walware.de/goto/statet

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Deedee1.6k
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gravatar for Casual
2.1 years ago by
Casual90
Casual90 wrote:

Vim is good enough for ya~

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Casual90
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gravatar for Peter Kovac
2.1 years ago by
Peter Kovac60
Bratislava, Slovakia
Peter Kovac60 wrote:

PSPad is very good freeware editor for Windows. It has an extension for R, as well as syntax highlighting for many languages with highlighted export to RTF and HTML, macros, and an integrated FTP client.

And for the Linux: Gnome based distros usually go with gedit included. gedit has many standard text-editor features and there is a package called gedit-r-plugin which integrates R console into gedit. However, more general and IMHO more powerful option is integrated terminal.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Peter Kovac60
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gravatar for Madhan
2.1 years ago by
Madhan180
United States
Madhan180 wrote:

For windows, i am using Textpad which is very good. It has a trial version which 'll working for years ;).

And for unix based system, TextWrangler would be my choice.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Madhan180
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gravatar for Deedee
16 days ago by
Deedee1.6k
Tennessee
Deedee1.6k wrote:

Notepad++ forever and ever. It's theme-able, allows you to view whitespace and control characters, has code highlighting for most languages, it has Sublime's column select feature, it allows you to view documents side-by-side in the same window...I could go on and on...

If you're a windows user it's a necessity.

ADD COMMENTlink written 16 days ago by Deedee1.6k
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gravatar for Raunak
2.1 years ago by
Raunak590
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Raunak590 wrote:

I've been using GNU nano text editor for these purpose.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Raunak590
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gravatar for Mick
2.1 years ago by
Mick0
Mick0 wrote:

For R it has to be Tinn-R

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Mick0
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gravatar for Israel Barrantes
2.1 years ago by
Magdeburg, Germany
Israel Barrantes320 wrote:

In windows I'd recommend Crimson Editor; which can be used as a regular notepad, and comes with multiple language support (see 'syntax file folders'). Works fine for me with R, Perl, matlab and HTML codes.

ADD COMMENTlink written 2.1 years ago by Israel Barrantes320
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gravatar for stas
23 days ago by
stas0
stas0 wrote:

I like Codelobster

It works best for all languages of web development

ADD COMMENTlink written 23 days ago by stas0
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gravatar for jackuser1979
22 days ago by
jackuser1979490
US
jackuser1979490 wrote:

I use vim on linux and gvim on windows. gvim on windows very good utility to open large file data (like NGS).

ADD COMMENTlink written 22 days ago by jackuser1979490
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gravatar for paulr
17 days ago by
paulr60
paulr60 wrote:

I've enjoyed PyCharm -- has plug-in support for additional languages.

ADD COMMENTlink written 17 days ago by paulr60
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gravatar for Mark Vohler
15 days ago by
Mark Vohler0 wrote:

i already use this excellent tool free and sample http://www.jedit.org/

ADD COMMENTlink written 15 days ago by Mark Vohler0
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