IDL Editors

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IDL Editors

IDL devoted editors:

Any text editor that supports custom syntax highlighting can help to write and to understand IDL interfaces. A full and comprehensive list of editors and features can be found in the Wikipedia.

Some of them are:

  • XEmacs
    • Native support for .idl files
    • Syntax highlighting
    • Automatic code folding
    • Can invoke compilers or other tools
    • Linux and Windows versions
  • Vim
    • Native support for .idl files
    • Syntax highlighting
    • Can invoke compilers or other tools
    • Linux and Windows versions.
  • Notepad++
    • Custom syntax highlighting
    • Simple code folding
    • Simple Auto-completion
    • To configure the syntax highlight and auto-completion two files are needed. The syntax configuration attachment:userDefineLang.xml that should be copied to the !ApplicationData directory (the name changes depending on the windows language -in spanish is Datos de Programa) and the idl keywords file attachment:idl.api that should reside in the Notepad++ install directory within the subdirectory plugins\APIs.
    • Requires Windows