View Full Version : JavaScript Editor, suggestions for a free MS IDE sort?

07-31-2002, 11:11 AM

I'm new to the JavaScript world. I know I can use Notepad to hack out the code but I found that to be very painful. No context highlight and other nice assistance like I used to in Visual Studio.

Can any one point me to a free editor which has some of the goodie. Many thanks.

07-31-2002, 11:26 AM
You can still use Visual Studio. But you can search for Allaire HomeSite 4.5.2. It has great features esp. for html tags.

07-31-2002, 01:28 PM
Thanks Glenn. Not being a professional Web developer I wish to try out Javascript on a small project (no CGI and server stuff). My needs are very simple; an editor with color coding. Unforunately it's not free so I may have to look again.


07-31-2002, 04:04 PM
I use Ultra Edit almost exclusively. Inexpensive, and very customizable. Built in FTP so you can work right on a remote server if you want to. Which is nice for small corrections. Best part is you can download dozens of different syntax highlighting text files. I created my own for a proprietary language where I work. It's worth a look, then if you decide you want to get into another language, you don't have to find another editor for each language. PHP/SQL/CGI/HTML/WML/JAVA/C it's all there, it replaced notepad for me about 3 years ago. Probably the best spent $35 purchase I have ever made.

www.ultraedit.com (http://www.ultraedit.com)

It does have a 45 day trial period, so you don't have to buy it right off.


07-31-2002, 05:11 PM
A simple free editor:
line numbers
and a few other goodies.

"Araneae will not seize control of your code, leaving its interface astonishingly uncluttered and easy to use."

Araneae (http://www.araneae.com/)


Roy Sinclair
07-31-2002, 07:26 PM
Originally posted by ShriekForth
[B]I use Ultra Edit almost exclusively.

I use UltraEdit too, in fact I showed it to a number of co-workers who are now using it too. It's a good clean but powerful editor that's well worth the modest price.

07-31-2002, 07:55 PM
I discovered HTML-Kit

Not an expert but I like it better than notepad, TextPad, or Scribbler 2000. I don't know anything about Ultra Edit.

The limitation for color coding with some (many, most?) is that they can color code only one language at a time. For example in TextPad it CAN recognize, based on the file extension, an HTML file, or Javascript, or COBOL, or.... BUT it only recognizes keywords defined for that file type (language) in any given file.

HTML-Kit, OTOH, recognizes HTML, javascript, vbscript, and ASP simultaneously. Significantly, for me, it color codes the ASP tag. It doesn't color code everything perfectly every time (especially during a furious editing/re-editing session), but it *definitely* helped me in debugging when things wheren't color coded right.

HTLM-Kit also inserts any tag with a click of a button. It also can auto-complete. For example I type "<script " and it completes it like this:

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">


With the cursor sitting right in the middle ready for me to type. cool. :thumbsup:

HTML-Kit has some interface quirks, and I really don't like how they implemented search, search&replace. But I can live with these because HTML-Kit is freeware

08-01-2002, 04:36 AM
I've tried UltraEdit and Araneae... my problem with both of them has been they're quite bad at coloring javascript properly and clearly... most of the script you write ends up looking the same as if you did it in notepad...
What I use is AceHTML 5 - it colors almost all javascript, html & css properties, tags & stuff... also has a nice listing for all the properties, events and styles for every html tag, which is a handy reference...

It's a 30-day trial thingy though, so that's a negative...