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Making Code Samples Readable Online

After lazily just pasting code in <pre> blocks for years, this morning I finally got around to researching a code highlighter like you see on almost all the programming websites.

Thanks to SyntaxHighlighter adding this feature was embarrassingly easy. It is self-contained javascript that works on a pre or script tag decorated with a html class calling a brush alias, e.g.
<pre class="brush: sql">
   INSERT INTO MyWebsite (pre, script)
      VALUES (complete, awesomeness)
</pre>

Oh, but it's not just SQL, no there's a whole easel of brushes included:
Brush name
Brush aliases
File name
ActionScript3
as3, actionscript3
shBrushAS3.js
Bash/shell
bash, shell
shBrushBash.js
C#
c-sharp, csharp
shBrushCSharp.js

C++
cpp, c
shBrushCpp.js
CSS
css
shBrushCss.js

Delphi
delphi, pas, pascal
shBrushDelphi.js
Diff
diff, patch
shBrushDiff.js

Groovy
groovy
shBrushGroovy.js
JavaScript
js, jscript, javascript
shBrushJScript.js

Java
java
shBrushJava.js
JavaFX
jfx, javafx
shBrushJavaFX.js

Perl
perl, pl
shBrushPerl.js
PHP
php
shBrushPhp.js

Plain Text
plain, text
shBrushPlain.js
PowerShell
ps, powershell
shBrushPowerShell.js

Python
py, python
shBrushPython.js
Ruby
rails, ror, ruby
shBrushRuby.js

Scala
scala
shBrushScala.js
SQL
sql
shBrushSql.js

Visual Basic
vb, vbnet
shBrushVb.js
XML
xml, xhtml, xslt, html, xhtml
shBrushXml.js



Steps to install Syntax Highlighter
  1. Go to http://alexgorbatchev.com/wiki/SyntaxHighlighter and download the source code
  2. Upload the source code to somewhere accessible on the internet, note the url
  3. Follow the installation instructions for blogger available here http://geektalkin.blogspot.com/2009/11/embed-code-syntax-highlighting-in-blog.html (general installation and usage here http://alexgorbatchev.com/wiki/SyntaxHighlighter:Usage).
  4. Was it good for you? Send Alex a beer.

Thanks Alex! I sent you enough to cover a pizza.

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