April 6, 2010
I just keep on finding more reasons to love gedit.
When I am coding Java or C++, I might bust out an IDE, like perhaps Eclipse or Netbeans, but often I find that between g++, VIM, and gedit, an IDE is often not really necessary, at least not for relatively simple stuff.
There is a lot to love about gedit. It does a good job of color coding HTML and PHP, as well as most other languages, and features a tabbed layout and a number of other great features, such as line numbers, highlighting closing brackets, and even a spell checker.
There are a number of great plugins for gedit, one of which I just discovered called “File Browser Pane.” The File Browser Pane puts a file browser in the left hand side of gedit, so you can quickly browse directories and open files, without having to use the File -> Open dialog or manually browse the file system. This is insanely useful and I only just discovered it a short while ago.
To enable File Browser Pane, or any of the other plugins, like spell check or Insert Date/Time, another very useful one, goto Edit -> Preferences -> Plugins. You can also add plugins to your ~/gnome2/gedit/plugins folder or /usr/lib/gedit-2/plugins if you want them to be available to all users.
I have been using gedit everyday for years and have only scratched the surface of how useful this tool is…