Geany supports Markdown!

Geany supports Markdown!

Summary: A while back I was looking at using the Getting Things Done (GTD) method of being vaguely organised. I started out with Thinking Rock and then moved to the Evolution.

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A while back I was looking at using the Getting Things Done (GTD) method of being vaguely organised.

I started out with Thinking Rock and then moved to the Evolution. But my todo list is stagnating like a pond under a tree.

Last Thursday I had an epiphany. Well, an idea. I was writing a todo list for the tail end of a web design project. The list was getting longer and longer -- 13 items. Then I realised I could use code folding to get an overview of the list. Magic. My days are so full of excitment.

Then I took the intellectual leap, and thought the same process could be applied to the GTD methodology. Sure enough, Leaf Raker had written a blog post entitled GTD with plain text files. Magnificent.

And then I discovered that Geany (my most favourite text editor) has supported the Markdown syntax since last August (a chap called Jon Strait wrote a lexer)! Code-highlighting rock-out! Alas though, Markdown in Geany doesn't support code folding.

I'll have to use a quasi-XML format until I can find out how to enable the code-folding.

Topic: Software Development

Jake Rayson

About Jake Rayson

A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text.

As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology).

For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions.

I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.

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  • As for GTD in plain TXT files, you can also try: http://smietnik.xon.pl/txtgtd/ :) (although it is not MarkDown)
    BishKopt