I try to switch to dark themes on as many parts of my computing workflow as possible.
The desktop environment, my applications -- I try to make it all dark.
Why? It's easy on the eyes.
I'll go into my full dark-theme setup later, but for now I'd like to share my discovery of the dark themes in the Geany text editor.
I didn't think Geany had themes, let alone dark themes. Turns out it has both.
And I've been using Geany a whole lot because a) copy/paste of text with Windows-style line endings is broken in Gedit (it comes out Unix style) and b) I'm using Geany to work on my Java code because it will compile and run it right in the editor.
I found a link to the Geany Themes site on GitHub. I downloaded the whole thing as a
.zip file (I probably should just use
git to fork it onto my local drive), then dropped the
colorschemes directory into my own
~/.config/geany directory (making it
~/.config/geany/colorschemes) and then in Geany I could choose a Color Scheme under
View - Change Color Scheme in the application's menu.
Right now I using the Monokai color scheme.
All I need to do now is figure out how to execute either a Perl or Go program and get the output into the editor (like I do with Gedit Snippets), and I can use Geany instead of Gedit to write this blog's entries, which include a script-generated timestamp for Ode's Indexette add-in.
Update: It is possible to insert a custom-formatted date into your file in Geany under
Edit - Insert Date - Use Custom Date Format, using
Edit - Insert Date - Set Custom Date Format to set it. For my Ode datestamp I used
tag : Indexette : index-date : %Y %m %d %T. Unfortunately it outputs the date in my local timezone instead of UTC, which is what I use in my Ode site. I don't see any way of making the "Custom Date Format" output UTC, so this makes Geany that much less useful for the purpose of writing for Ode.
I tried the
Mini-Script plugin, but that is cumbersome, and I even overwrote one of my scripts on accident because of its less-than-ideal user interface.
In short, there's nothing in Geany like Gedit's Snippets plugin, which is ideal (and makes Gedit itself ideal) for writing Ode entries.
I just installed Gvim, which is
vim-X11 in Fedora.
Maybe a graphical version of Vim will encourage me to use it more often.
That's the theory anyway.
As much as I dislike his Gwibber social-networking application, I'm that much more of an unabashed fan of Ryan Paul's tech journalism for ArsTechnica, itself a bastion of high-quality reporting and writing.
While I think Paul's a little too close to Ubuntu to write about it objectively, he's just too good not to read.
A recent article, Two decades of productivity: Vim's 20th anniversary, shows Paul at his best:
Vim has been my editor of choice since 1998, about a year after I started using Linux as my main desktop operating system. I’ve used it to write several thousand articles and many, many lines of code. Although I’ve experimented with a lot of conventional modern text editors, I haven’t found any that match Vim’s efficiency. After using Vim nearly every day for so many years, I’m still discovering new features, capabilities, and useful behaviors that further improve my productivity.
Vim has aged well over the past 20 years. It’s not just a greybeard relic—the editor is still as compelling as ever and continues to attract new users. The learning curve is steep, but the productivity gains are well worth the effort.