hi all, noob at this. are code editors just notepad but with text highlighting, file opening, and interpreters which you use a terminal application to execute?

  • Digital Mark
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    24 months ago

    Not really. A good code editor has:

    1. Editing.
    2. Syntax highlighting, paren matching.
    3. Filters - basic functions like sort, up to your own scripts.
    4. Build/send to REPL.

    ed doesn’t have highlighting, but it’s perfectly useful. Notepad’s basically useless, you can’t highlight or filter, can’t build. Vim does 1-3, and then you just type :!make or whatever.