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Geany as an IDE (and text editor)

October 31, 2012

While using Linux (Ubuntu, specifically) for some programming, I came across an IDE called Geany. For those unfamiliar with the term, IDE is an Integrated Development Environment, usually used to assist programmers in writing code. Although not as full-featured as some other IDEs, Geany is great at what it does. I used it while learning C in Harvard’s free CS50 online courses. Just the other day I decided to use it for some light HTML coding, and I must say I was impressed.

In Windows I had been using Notepad++, a great Notepad replacement, but kept finding it slightly lacking. The main thing I kept wishing for was an autocomplete feature for brackets. For instance, when coding HTML, if I start, say, a <div> tag, I then have to close it with </div>. In Geany, as soon as I type the closing bracket on the initial <div> tag, it inserts the </div> automatically. Then, when I go to type between the two tags, Geany automatically indents for me as well.

Thankfully Geany is available on Windows. It utilizes the GTK+ runtime framework, which is available on Windows. I may start using this as my primary text editor.


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Dan Smith

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