Komodo IDE 8 is out, but I missed the cheap upgrade window so now it’s $400 to buy the new one. There wasn’t much wrong with version 6 other than git has become much more pervasive now and Komodo IDE 6 doesn’t have the hooks to push to a repository.

For the last few months I’ve been trying new IDEs to find one I love instead of Komodo. (Not that it wasn’t great, but it’s all about due diligence.) My primary development is PHP with HTML, JavaScript and CSS all integrated.

I tried NetBeans and it was a frickin’ beast, as Java tends to be. A 1000+ line script was painful for auto-completes and dragged it’s ass when trying to type a simple line of code. Extremely frustrating. I was able to alleviate the problem a bit by adjusting the amount of RAM it uses to something like a jiggabyte (gigabyte) instead of the default. It made things more usable but definitely not pleasant. The other issue I had with NetBeans is that it wants everything as a project. Sometimes a dude just wants to open a file here and there and doesn’t want all that other shit.

Enter Sublime Text. This editor is as light-weight as it gets and has simple customization through a JSON user preference file, has tons of user-contributed extensions to add multitudes of functionality. The first time I played with it I wasn’t a fan, but I’m currently using it just as an editor and I’m enjoying it’s quick response and easy customization.

My user preferences overrides for Sublime Text 3:

“font_face”: “Inconsolata”,
“trim_trailing_white_space_on_save”: true,
“tab_size”: 2,
“translate_tabs_to_spaces”: false,
“detect_indentation”: false,
“use_tab_stops”: true

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