One of the things I've enjoyed about switching from gedit to geany is that geany typically doesn't use nearly as much memory and loads large files easily.  Now, I don't know if that's related to Scintilla vs GtkSourceView, but really long documents, particularly with long lines, freeze gedit up.

At first I was sceptical of using a Scintilla-based editor from my GtkSourceView, but geany has grown on me.

With any direction change, I would hope most of all that the basics I know and love about geany remain untouched:
  1. Relatively easy to read source code.
  2. Fast and light weight.  Feature-rich without the bloat.
  3. Plugins can do virtually anything.  (I found gedit plugins to be a bit more difficult, especially since the editor was in a different language than the python plugins, although that could be more my inexperience with the languages at the time I started.)
  4. Consistent behavior across languages, like a good power-editor.  One concern about language specific code mentioned in this thread and other threads is if the editor will still handle things consistently.
  5. Support for many languages.  This is probably the main reason I don't use something like Eclipse, because switching editors for the various languages that I have to program in is annoying.

Anyway, whatever you decide, please don't take such a change in direction as to gnome things up for us.

That's my 2 cents, if they are worth anything since most of my contributions so far are still small.



On 11/11/2013 08:45 AM, Pavel Roschin wrote:
5. Drop Scintilla and use GtkSourceView. I'll just enumerate the reasons 
that come to mind, in no particular order:
But does this mean that some Sci-features are going to pass away? E.g. scintilla
supports multiple selections and, gap buffer, multiple gaps, inline styling
(e.g. spellcheck, mark words) that I never seen in gedit/mousepad.

Best regards,
Pavel Roschin aka RPG
Devel mailing list