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I'm trying out Ubuntu for the first time so I'm a very new but I've done a bit of searching and I want to get something pretty similar to Notepad++

Gedit so far seems to be the pretty similar except I like a feature in N++ where I can add more function names to a list so it knows to colour them a certain way. For example in my prepared statements (PHP) I use things such as prepare or execute but Gedit doesn't recognize these and just leaves them white.

I'm sure there must be a file somewhere which contains a list of all known function names and I'd imagine you can edit it to add more, but I have no idea on where to start looking? I can't find a plugin for it either so I guess this is the only way.

Either that or I install Wine and use that to run N++ but a tutorial I found for that tells me to start typing in all sorts of things to install it and I have no idea where I being typing them ha. Plus it kinda defeats the point of me having Ubuntu if I'm just gonna revert to a Windows emulator all the time :P

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Gedit has a wide range of features, from syntax highlighting to plugins.

See :

Is there some function you want not covered in one of those links (I am not familiar with Notepad ++ ) ?

There are other editors with a number of features (vim / gvim / cream / emacs), vim is my favorite. Cream is in the ubuntu repositories and is cross platform

Cream features / screenshots -

If all else fails, you can run notebook ++ in wine

notepadpp portable would also be cross platform.

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The highlighting comes from "gtksourceview" and to edit the system PHP config file:

sudo -e  /usr/share/gtksourceview-3.0/language-specs/php.lang

You might be able to search for gtksourceview themes for PHP somewhere on the Net. You might also like the symbol browser plugin. Are you able to accomplish every goal with one text editor? There are many great text editors to try maybe if you like...

  • vim (sudo apt-get install vim)
  • gvim (sudo apt-get install gvim)
  • Komodo Edit
  • UltraEdit (30-day trial)
  • [...] It just goes on and on and on... :)

Gvim is sort-of like "the gui version of vim." Komodo Edit is free and designed for what you are doing (and more). UltraEdit is of course commercial but I know no other software that can select text vertically.

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You'll be surprised how many editors support column selection:… – Sergey Jan 10 '12 at 4:36
@Sergey thanks! – user8290 Jan 10 '12 at 11:35

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