by Tim Dupree at 7:06 pm on December 22nd, 2008 | 1 comment
There was a submission about “What makes a good programming font?” on HN today and, as usual, the comments on the submission proved more enlighting than the actual linked post (Hacker news has a great community). From the comments I came across some nice programming fonts; Envy Code R and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono. The user who posted about the Vera Sans Mono font also added a picture of it in action here. I liked the syntax highlighting/code coloring of that code screenshot, so naturally I set out to try out something similar with dreamweaver and TextPad.
I have to say, I’m disappointed in the both of them. While you can go to a preferences pane and change the code coloring in both editors, neither supports creating, saving, and loading new color schemes files. Additionally, both editors made the whole process cumbersome to change just one color as there was no instant application of the change to the document, so I was forced to apply the changes and close the settings box every time I changed something to see how it looked. Weak.
I think I am going to try the Envy Code R for a while and see how it goes. I never got a color scheme going that looks like the nice screen shot (I did in TextPad but it was only applied to the working document), oh well.
In searching for answers I did come across a nice addition to the Dreamweaver Syntax highlighter which adds support for MooTools.