Carey Hoffman's Blogs

Carey made the logical switch from snowboard instructing and treeplanting to the technology industry in 2009, taking database and network administration at BCIT. He is on the technical support and QA team for ActiveState, focusing on Stackato Private PaaS and the Komodo IDE where he also contributes to development.

  • Live Remote File Editing: Komodo IDE + FTP

    Having "grown up" on Komodo IDE, I'm surprised by people who are themselves surprised that Komodo supports remote file editing and I'm not talking about syncing changes to a remote server (though we do that too). I'm talking about opening remote files and editing those files live on the server. You can even open a remote folder to access the files from your Places pane.

    Remote Places in Komodo

  • Komodo 10.1 Webinar - Q&A

    On September 8th, Nathan and myself (Carey) did a webinar on Komodo 10.1. We wanted to show off the new tutorial tool and the other great features we’d introduced in 10.1 and also provide an overview of Komodo X for those of you who’d missed the previous webcast.

    As usual, I’ve compiled all the questions that were asked during the presentation and documented them in this blog so that everyone can benefit from the answers. You can also view the webinar, in its entirety, here:

  • Carey in Cascadia(Fest)

    As none of you may know, I had the privilege of attending the CascadiaFest 2016 conference this year, the gathering of people working in software from the Cascade region in the North America as well as people from all over the world. The Cascades is basically that whole area in the Northwest corner of the map extending from British Columbia, Canada down to California that will be under water after "The Big One" shakes things up a bit.

  • Version Control Widget

    In Komodo's bottom pane there is a widget call Version Control. This tool is context driven and tries to include the most commonly used version control features into one easily accessed tool.

  • HotKey Conundrum

    As you may know by now (or maybe you don't, which is ok since I'm going to follow up by stating the fact anyway...), Komodo has been in development for over 15 years now. There is an incredible amount of functionality in Komodo that I myself am still learning about (having joined the dev team relatively recently). As each new feature was being added, it made sense to add a key binding to gives users quick access to it.

  • Go to Any Symbol With Komodo's New Symbol Browser

    As an IDE, one of the features that Komodo must have and must do well (IMO) is code intelligence. It MUST help you understand the code your working on more quickly (even if...ESPECIALLY IF it's yours).

  • Filling the Gap with Commandline Integration - PhoneGap, Cordova, Grunt, Gulp

    Something that has always been part of the Komodo design philosophy has been integration. Though Komodo should provide tooling to make our users more productive, it should NOT try to do EVERYTHING. Integration, not imitation, is the key.

  • First Start Wizard

    If you've never run Komodo before or if this is the first time you're running a major version (eg. you were using Komodo 9.3 and have just upgraded to Komodo X), then Komodo will show you the First Start Wizard as it loads. This dialog allows you to configure global formatting and various other settings, including the overall look and feel of the Komodo UI.

    Some of the notable settings include: - Color Scheme (with preview) - Key binding set (includes other editor sets) - Indentation width - Show line numbers (why is this turned off in so many editors??)

  • Komodo Extreme Makeover

    If you installed Komodo X recently and you were not one of the users who participated in the Beta release phase then when you opened Komodo you might have thought you downloaded the wrong program (Chess any one?). But you didn't. Komodo's User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) received a huge amount of attention.

  • Komodo X Webinar: Questions and Answers

    On June 6, 2016 at 10 am PDT, NathanR and myself (CareyH) introduced Komodo X to the world (just under 100 people…) in a live webcast. Our goal was to show off some of the new features in action and let people ask questions about what they heard, saw, or wanted to see.

    To ensure that everyone, not just people who were able to attend the webinar, would benefit from the webcast, I wrote a blog to answer all the questions asked during the cast. This is that blog.

    1. When and where can I find the recorded webinar presentation?

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