In the world of Mac text editors– not the word processor kind, or notes apps– there are few that I have not tried, fewer that I keep, and even fewer that I use regularly, but the list of text editors I own continues to grow. Here’s another.
Code Is Poetry
The phrase can be traced back to at least the WordPress CMS platform, perhaps earlier. Code is Poetry may have a variety of definitions, but suffice it to say that writing is poetry, code is a form of writing, so ipso facto and alakazam. Code is poetry. Or, maybe art. Whatever it is, code requires a writing tool.
One of those tools I have had for years years and still take for a ride (far less expensive than a ’59 Cadillac Coupe de Ville; the one with tail fins that span across two Georgia counties) is Smultron, one of two of Peter Borg’s best Mac apps.
What you see is what you get. A Mac text editor. This is the one I recommend to those new to coding on a Mac and short on funds. The price tag is nominal. The feature list is extensive.
Smultron is packed with syntax options (more than 130 languages) and colors, and most of the text editor basic requirements– tabs, folder access, previews, iCloud storage, regular expressions, snippets, text folding, line numbers, document comparison, and so on.
Yes, there’s even a dark mode if you enjoy the submarine mode.
I know at least my fair share of developers– app developers, website developers, script kiddies, and more– and all of them have their favorite text editors, and most of them use more than one. Different strokes for different folks, right?
Smultron can be bought on the Mac App Store, on Peter’s website store, and there’s a try-before-you-buy option. If you need to add an editor to your collection, Smultron is a good candidate. If you need a dependable editor with a nominal price tag to learn coding, Smultron is a good candidate.
Peter has another great Mac app if you’re ready to get your geek on and learn about what’s under the macOS High Sierra hood– the launchd service. The app is called Lingon. There’s no better way to get into launchd on your Mac.