After reading "A case against syntax highlighting", I started looking for an IDE or text/code editor that comes with that option as part of its default options, but didn't have luck - seems like the only way to get this is by installing plugins or add-ons to the usual editors: vim, emacs, netbeans, brackets, lighttable, etc...

Is there an IDE or text/code editor that comes with Semantic Highlighting as part of it, without having to install additional stuff?

Some details regarding the wanted functionality:

  • The OS is not a restriction, but of course that cross-platform is better. Web editors are ok too.
  • Free/OSS is preferred, but it's not a restriction either.
  • I'm looking for Web and Dynamic languages support, specifically Javascript and Python.
  • Intellisense support would be great, but not a must.
  • If you can run commands from the IDE to a terminal, that would be great too.
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    jim, cross-posts are frowned upon on SE. Second, please take a look at What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? – either my eyes are not open wide enough, or you missed even stating the OS you're targeting ;)
    – Izzy
    Jul 30, 2014 at 6:31
  • @Izzy, you are right - I deleted the cross post in SO and updated my question. Thanks for the heads-up.
    – jimm-cl
    Jul 30, 2014 at 13:17
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    Thanks, jim! Additionally, you might wish to include a list of your requirements. Specifically: What syntax should be supported (reading between the lines I guess "Java" because of netbeans, but I might be wrong), what other features should be available? The better you can describe it, the higher are the chances for really good answers matching your needs.
    – Izzy
    Jul 30, 2014 at 13:40
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    What do you mean by "Semantic" highlighting? Most editors are completely clueless about semantics.
    – Ira Baxter
    Feb 22, 2015 at 10:17
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    My question/answer on Stackoverflow has a list of editors supporting Semantic highlighting. Mar 13, 2015 at 15:03

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From my own question/answer on Stackoverflow, here is the list of editor supporting Semantic highlighting.

Feel free to edit to add new editors.

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    Édouard, we don't favor "listings" here – posts like that are, in context of this site, rather considered "low quality". Answers here on SR should recommend software for the specific requirements, and thus show how they meet those, and what makes them especially recommendable. Please read our discussion on what makes an answer high quality to see if you can incorporate some of these improvements into your answer, otherwise it might be removed.
    – Izzy
    Mar 13, 2015 at 11:08
  • @Izzy splitting the answer to have one IDE per answer should be done by people with more knowledge than I have on each of this software. I'm just providing a list of possibility, that's not the ideal answer but best on this topic as it give you directions to explore. I reckon providing such list will help people decide by themselves by removing the hassle to do multiple searches to find the possibles. Anyway, I won't fight for this answer, I'm just trying to contribute until someone improve or provide a better answer (stub > nil). Mar 13, 2015 at 12:57
  • I see the reasoning, but that's not how this site works. Can you at least describe one of the applications in the list in a way matching this site's rules? Then keeping the others as "possible alternatives" should be OK. As the answer is a 1:1 copy of another post at SO, it'd otherwise better be a comment containing that link.
    – Izzy
    Mar 13, 2015 at 13:01

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