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Why you should change the FONT of your code editor

I recently changed the default font of my code editor and I love it.

I now use Fira Code, which is a monospaced font with programming ligatures.

If you're not familiar with programming ligatures, it essentially groups multiple characters (like <= or ===) into one, and the result is pretty neat.

Check out these two examples for Oracle APEX development.

PL/SQL

plsql-firacode

JavaScript

javascript-firacode

My setup
  • Code Editor: Atom
  • UI Theme: Atom Dark
  • Syntax Theme: Monokai
    atom-theme
  • Language Addon: language-oracle
    language-oracle
  • Font Family: Fira Code
    1. On OS X, download the latest version of Fira Code https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode/releases
    2. On OS X, unzip the .ttf files into Library/Fonts
    3. Go to Atom Settings, under Editor
    4. Set Font Family to FiraCode-Light.
      atom-firacode

Installation for Fira Code may be slightly different on Windows or on other code editors. For more info, read Fira Code instructions: https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode


It's not a huge thing, but it makes me appreciate looking at code better.

Try it, you'll see.

Why you should change the FONT of your code editor
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