Light Table Is The Newest Free and Slick Text Editor / IDE for Windows

We’ve covered a lot Sublime Text before, although, it’s currently among one of the most used developer tools out there, it’s not entirely free and it cost a fortune for a single license ($79). Light Table has been under development for over 2 years,  a successful kickstarter project now in Alpha stage of it’s development. It is developed by one guy alone, Chris Granger. Today, Light Table has made a huge leap forward by open source itself.

Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our programs really work.

Sounds exciting ? It only get’s better. Light Table includes many things you fall in love from Sublime Text, some of the common command and it’s speed. But wait till you try it out, there are more neat feature like browser tab, inline evaluation, native support for Python etc.

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It’s a mixture between text editor and IDE. Currently, it supports Python out of the box, this means, you can run and see the result of python code inline. It also supports modern web developments fairly well, what’s neat is it has a build-in browser tab that allows you to see your web page right inside the editor itself.

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Have a Browser Tab listed side by side your code you can do the following.

Press Ctrl + Space to launch the command palette, there it lists all the possible commands you can ask it to do. Type “tabset” find “Tabset: Add a tabset” allows you to split your tab side by side.

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Type “Browser or Tab” find “Browser: add browser tab” all you to add a web page as a tab inside the editor.

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There are many more native integrations between external browsers it has for running web developments. For example, you can run a piece of JavaScript code either inline or through an external browser.

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Give Light Table a try, you might find it to be a very good alternative to your current text editors. For a project like this, it has some of the best documentations you can ask for. It has hands on video tutorials to show off some of the neat features it has to offer. Check it out !

Jonathan Hu

Programming by day, Web Development, Canucks & Movies for spare time!
Co-founder of Next of Windows and a cool geek 🙂

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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