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ActiveState Komodo 2.3 Beta 1 Released

Thursday January 30th, 2003

salmo writes: "Komodo 2.3 Beta 1 was just released by ActiveState. Lots of interesting changes, including more robust project management." Komodo is a Mozilla-based integrated development environment (IDE) for open source languages.

Update! CNET Builder.com has a review of the currently shipping Komodo 2.0.


#1 A fine editor

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Thursday January 30th, 2003 10:52 PM

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As any of you who read my weblog <http://www.mozillazine.org/weblogs/asa/> probably know, I've been looking for a decent text editor to replace UltraEdit since I made the switch <http://www.mozillazine.or…/asa/archives/002232.html> to Linux, RedHat 8.0 specifically. I've been using various of kate, gedit, kedit, jedit, and komodo for a a while and I'm pretty sure that I've found my new editor. I'm gonna be putting up some reviews/experiences with the different editors at the ol' blog sometime soon. In the mean time I'm happy to share my experience with Komodo 2 and 2.3beta 1.

Komodo meets several of my key criteria and it's Mozilla-based to I was pleased with it even before the install. I appreciate (and need) the tabs, the syntax coloring and indenting is good, the syntax checking (which happens dynamically as you write) is very cool and the Mozilla Composer-like HTML preview tab is super handy for me. Other nifty features include Mozilla's type ahead find-like incremental search that keeps the dialogs out of your face and your text unobscured and line bookmarking which kicks butt, allowing you to flag or bookmark lined of code and easily navigate to those flags. Komodo is definitely a nice full-featured editor (and a lot more). The app feels solid and the XUL UI is very snappy and responsive. The only downside for me is that it's a lot more than just a good text editor; it's a full IDE with debuggers, GUI builders, source code tools and a lot more. For all I liked about using the Komodo editor, it's just more than I need. I'd recommend, however, to any Perl, Python, PHP, or JavaScript developers that they definitely check this out. It's both a very powerful set of tools and a very cool demonstration of what can be done with Mozilla technologies.

--Asa