Here we go people, the first true Code Editor in an MX App for your light brainstorming sessions. Note that this is not a full-blown IDE tool, but something to open a code file with and do light updates etc. If you’ve used the likes of Notepad++ you’ll know what I mean. Of course this is version 1.0 of such apps, MX Apps are all at version 1.0 stage. All Devs are learning as we go on the Metro route. So, there is plenty of promises for the future concerning apps like this. So, don’t be surprised if you are missing any major feature etc, it is what this app can become that is important. As for me, I welcome any MX App that replace my Desktop equivalents. I dabble a lot in Notepad++, so if I have this in my arsenal, yet a lesser reason to visit the desktop. The less desktop you use, the more performance/battery life you get from your mobile device. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about. The days of apps wasting system resources on the Desktop is counted; the writing is on the wall like they say. MX Apps are the future.
For this app, you can open and edit almost any language you can throw at it; the vendors are claiming 20+ file types. All major code languages are represented. You can open files in tabs on the upper App-bar, just like in MX IE10. You get to choose your language when you Open the App to start a new file, or browse for an existing file:
I eat SQL Scripts for lunch in my day job as a BI Specialist, at night I dabble in C# and XAML, just tested it with a few Sql files and I saw the app needs improvements. The app crash often, but luckily it saves your drafts every few minutes, so you’ll be back to your last point-in-time when crashed. Of course the app is flaky for now, hopefully this is a work in progress. You can take the app for a spin yourselves. Here is the app description from the Store with a few screenshots:
Code Writer is a free text and code editor app with active syntax highlighting that updates as you edit documents and has 20 supported file types. A tabbed document interface allows for quickly switching between open documents.
The app has been built from the ground up with Windows 8 design principles in mind. It’s fast and fluid, and gives you the power to edit documents with features you’d normally only find in desktop apps. Code Writer is perfect for editing any text-based file, doing code reviews, or giving presentations with code samples.
The core text editor screen allows you to edit documents in full-screen mode without chrome distractions. Only the scrollbars and line/column display are visible by default. Find/replace and advanced features like tabify lines and convert case are available.
Easily create new or open existing documents from any accessible source. Color is used pervasively throughout the app to create a bond between you and the various file types you work with.
Configure the editor theme and other options such as font size to mold your ideal editing environment. Learn about every product feature with the included detailed documentation.
The app even functions in snapped view, allowing you to work side-by-side with other apps.
This is our first release and we have many plans for further improvements such as touch-based text selection and more find/replace options. Please offer your own ideas for app features in our support forum.
Code Writer is fully supported on ARM, x86, and x64 devices.
Create new documents, browse to open any accessible document (local, SkyDrive, etc.), and easily reopen recent documents
Chromeless UI editing surface that only shows caret position and scrollbars
Scrollable tabbed document interface to switch between open documents
Open documents are persisted between app sessions
Modified documents are flagged
Find and replace features
Undo/redo of changes
A plethora of keyboard shortcuts
Integrates with Settings charm for access to configuration options
Supports sharing of document or selected text with other apps via the Share charm
Detailed documentation that describes all app functionality
Snapped mode view support for working side-by-side with other apps
Options for theme, font size, line numbers, current line highlight, whitespace characters
Options to disable file types you don’t work with
We are glad to see serious Devs warm up to Windows 8 Metro environment and keep pumping out great apps. Like I said, the more Devs understand MX Apps, the more of awesome apps we’ll be seeing in the future. Lets hope this trend continues. To get this app for yourself, please download via the Source link. It is priced FREE in the Store for now.