Looking for the Perfect Editor

Dick Moores rdm at rcblue.com
Mon Sep 11 01:53:26 CEST 2006

At 02:15 PM 9/10/2006, Kent Johnson wrote:
>Dick Moores wrote:
> > At 01:10 PM 9/8/2006, Doug Stell wrote:
> >> Try www.TextPad.com. I've used it for years and love it. It
> >> understands many programming language constructs and can be taught to
> >> understand python so that things show up in color.
> >
> > Any tips on how to teach TextPad to understand python?
>Download and install the Python syntax highlighting definition from the
>TextPad website.

Thanks very much, Kent. I've been using TextPad for 10 years and 
never considered using it for Python.

I downloaded Python (7) from 
http://www.textpad.com/add-ons/synn2t.html and put the file 
PythonV2.4.syn in C:\Program Files\TextPad 4\system .

>I make a tool to run the front window in Python. Here are the values
>from the preferences window for the tool:
>Command: C:\Python24\python.exe
>Parameters: -u $File
>Init fldr: $FileDir
>regex to match output:
>^.*"([^"]+)", *line ([0-9]+)
>with File: 1, Line: 2

After fumbling around, I believe I've made the tool, using your 
values, except I used E:\Python24\python.exe instead of 
C:\Python24\python.exe .

I also associated .py with TextPad. I'm now able to open a Python 
script with TextPad, and execute it with  Ctrl+4.

However, no syntax highlighting is showing up. so I must have done 
something wrong. Do I have to do something other than put 
PythonV2.4.syn in C:\Program Files\TextPad 4\system ?

Also, why do you use TextPad instead of IDLE?


Dick Moores

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