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I am looking for a text editor or interactive development environment (IDE) that will support many languages, including but not limited to C, C++, Lisp, Scheme, Fortran, bash, ksh, zsh, m-files (Matlab and Octave).

I use a separate editor for LaTeX and so far I have tried Geany, VIM, Emacs and Notepad++ on Windows.

I write code mainly on Linux, but would like to have a cross-platform editor if possible and I am willing to purchase software if it can meet my demands. So far the best editor, out of the ones I have tried, is VIM but it has a steep learning curve and its GUI is not that helpful. The features I seek apart from these are support for easy commenting in and commenting out with the use of hotkeys and syntax coloring.

Requirements at a glance:

  • cross-platform
  • syntax highlighting
  • easy commenting in/out blocks of texts by the use of hotkeys
  • support for multiple programming languages, including but not limited to C, C++, Lisp, Scheme, Fortran, bash, ksh, zsh, m-files
  • free is nice, but I am willing to purchase software if it can meet my demands (up to 35$)
  • code folding will be nice to have but it is not a must
  • SynWrite is ok, all but "cross-plarform", but I know someones use it in Ubuntu too (via Wine). – RProgram Jan 15 '15 at 22:06
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    What's wrong with the other options you've tried? I use Emacs for all my coding. It's highly customizable, and you could easily have all the features listed. You could also get excellent communtiy help on Emacs.SE – Tymric Mar 1 '15 at 0:12
  • So ... basically you have only one requirement - being cross-platform. Because almost any code editor I know of supports the rest of your requirements. – Mikhail V Oct 14 '18 at 4:58
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Atom

Atom is a free open-source text and source code editor for Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and Windows with support for plug-ins written in Node.js, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. Most of the extending packages have free software licenses and are community-built and maintained. Atom is based on Chromium and written in CoffeeScript. It is used also as an IDE

Screenshot of Atom

and know more about Text Editors @ Wikipedia - List of text editors

  • Well thanks for your comment I will check it out. – Vesnog Jan 15 '15 at 10:50
  • Add sublime too , somewhat like atom and native. – Abhinav Gauniyal Mar 1 '15 at 8:34
  • 320 MB package size for a text editor. Not bad – nixda Sep 2 '15 at 21:46
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Sounds like a recipe for eclipse

http://www.eclipse.org/

Eclipse has a huge user community, and plugins for everything.

It is a full blown IDE, with great editor, comment/uncomment, integration to compilers and interpreters, the works!

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Like others who have answered, I like and use both Atom and Eclipse. But both are quite bloated and take a lot of memory to run.

You say you've tried Vim... I think you need to try it again. :) It has a lot of keystrokes to learn, but is incredibly powerful. You can also use gVim which adds menus and toolbars for common commands. You can also run a lot of commands from within the environment, and setup indexing of files, thereby making it a quasi IDE. Best of all, ALL your requirements are checked with (g)Vim.

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CudaText is app like that. It's simple to middle text editor. Your req's:

  • cross-platform: yes
  • syntax highlighting: yes
  • commenting in/out blocks: yes, commands in Edit menu
  • support for programming languages: yes, for 100+ languages, many lexers need to be installed from ZIP files
  • freeware
  • code folding: yes (for many lexers)

CudaText

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Scite

It meets all of your requirements and is free. It's a nice, light text editor with highlighting for many languages, code folding, shortcuts for commenting out code - either per line or a selection and is available for windows and linux.

Download here: http://www.scintilla.org/SciTEDownload.html

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