Text Editor for Programmers with Syntax Highlighting: Context

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ConTEXT is a free text editor for software developers. ConTEXT provides productivity to software developers by adding features like syntax highlighting, file compare, tabbed interface, commenting/uncommenting code, and search / replace with regular expressions.

We have reviewed many other IDE for software developers, including, CodeLobster, Aptana RadRails, and Code Block. However, all of these work on a limited set of programming languages. ConTEXT instead supports a ton of programming languages.

Here is the list of programming languages that ConTEXT supports:

  • C#
  • C/C++
  • Java Script
  • Java
  • PHP
  • Visual Basic
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • SQL
  • Delphi/Pascal
  • Perl/CGI
  • FoxPro
  • 80×86 assembler
  • Fortran
  • Foxpro
  • Python
  • Tcl/Tk
  • XML
  • InnoSetup scripts

As you can see from the list above, ConTEXT supports quite a lot of languages.

Here are some of the features of ConTEXT:

  • ConTEXT comes with syntax highlighting, and also provides option for customized syntax highlighting.
  • ConTEXT provides a tabbed interface, and you can have unlimited files open at the same time.
  • I currently use Notepad++ for my daily activities, and one feature I love is that it remembers point at which editing was being done in each file. ConTEXT provides similar feature.
  • You can compare files using built-in file compare feature.
  • It supports exporting files as HTML and RTF, and also convert DOS -> Unix -> Mac file formats.
  • It comes with an easy to use Macro Recorder.
  • You can search and replace using regular expressions. Search and replace can be done in all open files, or just the current file.
  • It comes with auto indentation of code.
  • You can easily comment/uncomment code
  • ConTEXT is multi-lingual and supports many languages, including: English, German, French, Croatian, Chinese, French, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Esperanto, Spanish, Galego, Italian, Hungarian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovakian, Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovenian, Turkish.

ConTEXT is a really useful free text editor for programmers. It is completely free, and easy to use. Some other IDF for software developers include CodeLite, and Kompozer.

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Works With: Windows
Free/Paid: Free