TLWIR Special: Formatting Your Code in GNU/Linux With Highlight

Posted by acrossad on Feb 12, 2012 11:22 PM EDT; By Rex Djere
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Summary: As a C++ programmer, I like to program coding examples, and then paste them into tutorials on websites. I used to use web based solutions to format and highlight my code. These solutions usually have you paste the code in their web page. The web page then color-highlights the code, and allows you to download the formatted result. This can be a pretty good solution, but I really wanted a solution that I could use on my GNU/Linux PCs. Highlight is a wonderful program that provided the perfect solution. Highlight isn’t just for highlighting C++ source code; it can handle PHP, C, C#, Perl, Python, or just about any programming language that you can throw at it. In this article, I will show you how to use Highlight to format your code perfectly every time.

Why Would You Want to Format Your Code? Raw C++ code can look somewhat unattractive when displayed on a web page. Let me give you a simple example of an unformatted C++ program.

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