Best & Most Popular Code Editor for Delphi programming Language

Understanding the Delphi IDE

The idea of combining the editing, compiling, and managing of project files within one integrated programming application started way back in the 1970s, but didn’t really catch on in the PC arena for quite some time. Borland Pascal, the pre-cursor to Delphi, pioneered many facets of an IDE in the creation of Disk Operating System (DOS) applications and took many of its features and user interface constructs with it to the Windows desktop.

At its core, an IDE needs to assist the developer in managing a software project’s many moving parts: editing source code, crafting user interfaces, managing project parameters, compiling the application and resources, testing and debugging, and preparing a deployable application. These vary from language to language, so an IDE needs to understand the tools that it supports very well and the developers who use it.

Delphi’s IDE, like many other modern tools, has a rich code editor with syntax checking and color schemes, resizable window panes, structure and object views, data and source repository connections, and the ability to save various configurations for different needs. Here are the various windows and views you’ll find in Delphi:

  • Code Editor: The main focal point for writing code.
  • Project Manager: Combine files necessary for compiling a project.
  • Object Inspector: Access properties and events of components.
  • LiveBindings Designer: Visually build data connections between components.
  • Structure Pane: View and organize components hierarchically.
  • Message Window: Compilation output, search results, and more.
  • To-Do List: Parsed TODO comments from the code are neatly displayed here.
  • Templates: Macros for expanding frequently typed patterns of code.
  • Tool Palette: Component list.
  • Class Explorer: Tree view of the classes in the current unit.
  • Data Explorer: View data and manage connections from dbExpress or FireDAC sources without leaving the IDE.
  • Model View: Manage object models of your data.
  • Other Debugger views: Call Stack, watches, local variables, breakpoints, Threads, events, Modules, and CPU windows.

EControl Syntax Editor v.3.00


EControl Syntax Editor is a powerful text editor for editing and viewing text with powerful syntax highlighting, text folding, text structure tree view…

The unique and more important feature is 100% customizable lexer, so you can adjust it for any type of text file without programming. As an example you can view default Lexer Library. This library contains lexers for file types: C++, Pascal, Basic, SQL, Delphi Resources, HTML & XML, Style sheets, Ini files, Help Contents, Batch files, Assembler, …

This programm illustrates features of components library EControl Syntax Editor SDK.

Editor features (of the editor control):

Delphi 2005 like editor.
Unlimited text length.
Fast working even with huge files (several megabytes).
Unicode support.
100% customizable lexer, so editor is suitable for any plane text format. Lexer is a resource that may be created and manipulated at design time and at runtime. Lexer uses standard VCL streaming and stores itself in DFM text format.
Comfortable visual lexer editor.
Powerful and customizable highlighting.
Text folding, any determined text range or user range may be collapsed.
Gutter with multiple bands, line numeration, gutter objects (images) that are customizable at design time. Line highlighting, image, hint, position may be associated with the gutter object (for example, like breakpoint or current execution point).
Hint subsystem. Now hints available for text tokens, expanding button, gutter objects, vertical scroll.
Export to RTF, HTML with syntax highlighting, copy selection to clipboard in RTF.
User ranges allows custom lexer independent highlighting and text folding.
Stack-based markers like in CodeRush. Unlimited bookmarks.
Animation allows to mark out some position in text.
Powerful search/replace (regular expressions, search all …). Incremental search.
Own regular expressions compiler.
Multi-document interface (tabbed or MDI).
Additional components and plug-ins in library: TSyntaxTreeView, TSyntTextSource, TSyntKeyMapping, TAutoCompletePopup, TTemplatePopup, TecSyntPrinter, TecSyntPreview, TSyntAutoReplace, TPropsManager, TecLocalizer, TUserStylesCombo.
Active spell checking.
Sync Edit;
Grammar rules.
Syntax TreeView decoration.
Highlighting features:
Highlighting styles can use any font.
Text border styles.
Syntax highlighting associated with simple lexical elements (tokens).
Text range (sequence of tokens) highlighting. Any detected text range can have style that will be merged with token styles.
Nested lexers highlighting.Combining several lexers in one using “Sub Lexer” rules.
Highlighting of the user ranges (over lexer defined highlighting).
Active highlighting depended on caret position. Highlights valid blocks (for example, current procedure, brackets, “begin” … “end” blocks …).
Line highlighting associated with text ranges, caret position, gutter objects or custom.
Powerful style merging (token style, text range style, dynamic style).
Text partition by means of line separators like in Visual Basic IDE.
Hierarchical text representation using block staples.
Hiding parts of the text using Hidden attribute of the style.
Read-only flag in style.
Hyperlinks highlighting.
Status: Fully functional
Source: On purchase/registration
Size: 1 035kB
Platforms: ME, NT4, Vista, W2K, W2K3, W7, W95, W98, XP

Boxer Text Editor v.14.0.0


Boxer is a top-rated, full-featured text editor for programmers, writers, engineers, students and >others.

Features macros, 2 GB file size limit, syntax highlighting, project support, color/mono syntax printing, column blocking, undo/redo, regular expression searches and much more. Extensive configuration options are available, including the ability to define key assignments, screen colors/fonts, templates and ability to define external programs as tools.


  • Status: Evaluation (time-limit)
  • Source: None
  • price: $59
  • Size: 6 477kB

Platforms: ME, NT4, Vista, W2K, W2K3, W7, W95, W98, XP

CudaText v.


Advanced code editor. Supports syntax highlighting for lot of languages (more than 120 types). Supports many encodings. Multi-carets and multi-selections. Implemented many editing commands found in common text editors. Tabbed interface. Search and replace with regex.


  • Status: Fully functional
  • Source: N/A
  • Size: 1 929kB

Platforms: Vista, W10, W2K, W2K3, W2K8, W7, W8, XP

DailyEdit v.2.3


DailyEdit is an advanced and easy-to-use professional text editor, HTML editor and programmer’s editor that combines powerful editing commands, extensive configurability, a consistent and logical interface, and speedy operation.

DailyEdit provides a rich and versatile command set that can help simplify even the most difficult editing tasks, and lets you easy and quickly edit any text files.

DailyEdit features powerful, automatic and customizable color syntax highlighting, with source code for popular programming languages, such as HTML, PHP, CSS, ASP, Perl, C/C++, Pascal, Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic, VBScript, Assembler, Clipper, Informix, Fortran, Paradox, Python, Tk/tcl, Winbatch, Lisp, PL/I, Ada, Dibol, VRML and Cobol. You can modify the reserved words and syntax, allowing DailyEdit to display any language in any combination of colors and font styles, or you can create own syntax file to support other programming languages.


  • Status: Evaluation (time-limit)
  • Source: None
  • price: $35
  • Size: 1 561kB

Platforms: ME, NT4, W2K, W95, W98, XP

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1 year ago

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