After using EditPlus for the better part of a decade, I made the switch to the totally awesome Sublime Text 2 text editor a few weeks back. One of the great things about Sublime is it’s support for plugins.
Two such plugins I’d like to recommend are SublimeBrackets and SublimeTagmatcher. Both improve how the highlighting of opening and closing items are handled.
By default, Sublime just underlines paired brackets. When you have a ton of code, this can be really hard to see. SublimeBrackets changes this to something more apparent:
Much better, right? I personally use the solid background green style.
SublimeTagmatcher does something similar but for HTML tags. When you have your cursor inside of an HTML tag, it will highlight both the current tag and it’s opening or closing counterpart. This is helpful for making sure you have the correct number of opening and closing tags.
Both are core features of NetBeans, fwiw. #hopefullynotatroll both these features are super useful, the sublime implementation looks good too. Everything in netbeans is ugly.
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These both look great, but neither seem to be available standalone any more. From what I’ve found they seem to have been replaced by this:
Looks like pyparadigm removed them. BracketHighlighter is forked from copies here though: https://github.com/ilovecode
Still, BracketHighlighter looks better than the two stand-alones. I’m switching over. 🙂