haXe IDE Choices for Mac OS X

In my short time spent working with haXeNME and Jeash I have used a few code IDEs. Initially, I upgraded my FDT to version 5 which is touted as having good haXe support…. not so. The haXe support in FDT5 is very poor at present. I am sure it will get better and come into line with what is usually an awesome product (and one I have used happily for years now).

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The next IDE I tried was Sublime Text 2 (see image above). There is a Beta release you can try out for free. The haXe support is pretty good and there are lots of nice touches to the IDE. In particular I loved the scrolling panel on the right. I now miss this whenever I am using another IDE. It has some code completion and you can compile in the IDE itself if you want to.

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However, in the last week or two I have settled on the new haXe plugin for IntelliJ IDEA (see image above). This was actually my Actionscript IDE of choice and so I have been excitedly waiting for the haXe plugin support to arrive. It is now on version 0.2.1 and the latest release features the following:-

  • Type resolving improvements
  • Documentation support
  • New color settings
  • Jump to declaration of local, std symbol or class
  • Reference and Class completion

The Jetbrains guys make great IDEs – checkout Webstorm for Javascript coding – and the haXe plugin is definitely a step in the right direction for IDEA. So for me, this is my haXe IDE of choice…..

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7 comments so far

  1. Andres Amado on

    Just curious: base on the second screenshot posted, I’m wondering, what are the advantages of using a non-monospaced font in your IDE?

    • sambrick on

      I was just playing around with the appearance settings and landed on where it is now. I hadn’t put too much thought into the font choice. What would you recommend Andres?

      • Andres Amado on

        There are tons[1] of excellent fonts for developing. In my mac and in my ubuntu I use PragmataPro[2], it is a little bit expensive for a font, but a good font is equally important to me than a good computer chair. Menlo (mac), Consolas (mac, windows) and Inconsolata(linux, windows and mac) are excellent choices as well.

        [1]http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/30040/Font-Survey-42-of-the-Best-Monospaced-Programming
        [2]http://www.fsd.it/fonts/pragmatapro.htm

  2. sambrick on

    Thanks Andres…. I’m giving Consolas a try. Looks nice.

  3. HappaGirl on

    Hi, interesting, I’ll give it a try. If I can get up and running with haxe on my mac. Having problems installing.

    Curious, what os are you running haxe with?

    thanks

    • sambrick on

      Hi HappaGirl,

      I’m using OS X. Have you tried using haXe NME. I think the installer for that bundles everything you need together for you, there are detailed instructions too:-

      http://www.haxenme.org/

      Good luck,

      Sam

  4. […] for OSX it’s not that easy. So it comes down to a few contenders… Sadly Sam Brick beat me with writing about this subject. He only ends up taking another route… because there […]


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