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  • by solhell (772) on 2001.04.08 0:53 (#1096)
    Hi, I would like to give some feedback assuming Komodo primarily targets the windows platform (apply similar arguments to other platforms):
    First of all, I don't think the editor is ready for the prime time yet. Too slow (I am on a PentiumIII 550 + 256MB mem computer). I can't really imagine a programmer using the komodo editor to create an application. The debugger can be useful though, I am only critisizing the text editor component. It is too slow, especially when you use mouse to select blocks or to move cursor around. It is usable to some extend if you are using the keyboard to navigate. The screen response is very slow (you don't want to click right arrow and wait half a second to see the response on the screen) And still tons of features that I assume as standard in a text editor are missing. On windows my favorite editor is Codewright (). But Komodo editing features doesn't even come close to Ultraedit, which is also a great editor.
    Just for the sake of testing, I opened a 20 MB text file (.txt) which only consists of one line with all three editors: Komodo, Ultraedit, and Codewright. Komodo without any open files takes about 20MB memory (probably because of mozilla). After opening the file, the memory consumption become to 60MB (there was an instantenous jump to 140 MB too). Ultraedit with the same file open takes 6MB and Codewright takes 8MB (also has a workspace with 7 projects open in it). The response of komodo is pretty unresponsive to both keyboard and mouse. There is about two second delay when you type something and it appears on the screen. Both codewright and Ultraedit are as fast as they were with small text files.
    Anyway, I think the editor is the most important part of the equation. Komodo needs to interoperate with other popular editors (which should be easy), or they should improve the quality and features of their editor. There are actually some nice and unique features already implemented in komodo, and hopefully it will improve in the future with more developer feedback.