My weapon of choice for code editing is the excellent program phpDesigner, but every so often I like to test drive a different editor to see what I might be missing out on. Recently I spent some time playing with Notepad++, and one feature that jumped out at me was the ability to choose from a large number of pre-installed syntax highlighting themes.
When I switched back to phpDesigner, the default blue-on-white color scheme seemed a tad boring, so I decided it was time to pimp my IDE! Unfortunately user created themes for phpDesigner are thin on the ground, which left me no option but to make my own.
I’ve named my theme Sunset, and it is inspired by the Midnight theme for SyntaxHighlighter. If any phpDesigner fans are looking for a light-on-dark color scheme to spruce up their code editor, perhaps Sunset will fit the bill.
There is currently a bug in phpDesigner that sometimes causes the ‘separator’ colors to revert to their defaults (e.g. the color of
<?php ?> tags reverts to black). The only sure-fire way to get things back to normal is to open the phpDesigner preferences dialog, and click ‘OK’. You might also try closing all your open documents and restarting the application. Hopefully this bug will be fixed in a future version of phpDesigner.