Komodo 6.0 Beta 3: Faster, More Stable, Invoke Tool panel

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We released Komodo 6.0 beta 3 today and we want your feedback. If you tried beta 2 from about a month ago and hit stability issues, I’m pleased to note that we’ve squashed a few major crasher bugs: beta 3 is much more stable. We’ve made some significant performance improvements as well. Update via Komodo’s Help > Check for Updates… menu entry and give it another try. If you are a current Komodo IDE 5 or Komodo Edit 5 user; in the market for a new Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby, JavaScript, Tcl, XML, HTML, CSS IDE or editor; interested in hacking on an open source editor; or just curious please download the beta:

Read some of the details below and tell us how you really feel:

What’s New in Beta 3?

  • Faster
    • improved startup and shutdown speed
    • faster file closing
    • better editor tab switching speed
    • faster text searching in files
  • Invoke Tool
    • easily search and invoke a toolbox item
    • you can find it under the Tools menu
  • Updated API catalogs for
    • Perl 5.10 and Perl 5.12
    • jQuery 1.4.2
    • Dojo 1.5.0
    • YUI 2.8
  • Stability improvements on all platforms

What’s New in Komodo 6?

A lot. HTML 5 autocomplete. CSS 3 autocomplete. Full Python 3 support (debugging, syntax checking, autocomplete, code browsing). A new Database Explorer tool for quickly exploring SQL databases (SQLite out of the box and extensions for MySQL and Oracle, with plans for Postgres). A new project system called “Places” (mostly complete) that adds a file system browser (local and remote). New publishing support for syncing a directory with a remote machine. Additions to Komodo’s Hyperlinks for quickly navigating to file references. Added support for PHP, Perl, Ruby and JavaScript regular expression debugging with Komodo’s excellent Rx tool. See the Komodo 6.0 Features post for a full outline.

Your feedback please

Komodo 6 is still months (a couple at least) away from a final release. We’d love to have your input on how we can polish and improve on the above work and how we can make Komodo IDE and Komodo Edit tools that help you get your coding work done faster. Please subscribe to this blog or follow @activestate on twitter for coming posts that go into detail on what’s coming and new in Komodo 6. And please give us your feedback. Enjoy.

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