Dr. Dobb's is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Channels ▼


Komodo Polyglot IDE 8.5 Darkens The Abyss

ActiveState's Komodo 8.5 polyglot IDE arrives this week with new productivity-enhancing features including code refactoring options, multiple selections power, breadcrumbs file navigation, and functions for sorting and grouping of open files.

The new UI includes Abyss, a "much-requested" native dark theme. New language support includes Python symbol triggering and updates to PHP 5.5 code intelligence, debugging, and code profiling. Komodo 8.5 also offers faster performance, but refreshingly — ActiveState has actually explained why — due to updates to its underlying code base and more efficient process handling.

"As a multi-language IDE, Komodo is focused on increasing productivity," says Todd Whiteman, Komodo development lead. "With Komodo 8.5, we've found [a] balance between efficient UI design and programming-centric features such as refactoring, which save significant time when working on large projects."

Jeff Hobbs, ActiveState's CTO & VP of engineering, explains that because of its multi-language capabilities, Komodo is, in his estimation, "well suited" for developing a wide range of cloud-hosted applications. "Many development teams are now using Komodo in conjunction with ActiveState's Stackato PaaS platform, as its integrated deployment and debugging within Stackato offers an additional gain in productivity," he said.

Other features of Komodo 8.5 include the ability to sort and group open files by various attributes: language, file extension, directory, and location. There is PHP 5.5 and Python support: new Xdebug module, keyword updates, and code intel for the latest API data for PHP 5.5; and symbol triggering for Python. An updated code base here sees Mozilla 24, Python 2.7.5, Scintilla 3.34, plus the "sleek UI", with retina support and Abyss, a new native dark UI theme.

Related Reading

More Insights

Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.