SimplyFortran

SimplyFortran is a “modern Fortran development environment” from Approximatrix LLC. Features include “the GNU Fortran compiler, an advanced development environment including project management, and an integrated debugger for fast and easy installation”, along with “impeccable” support for the FORTRAN 77 standard.

SimplyFortran 3.9 is priced at $99 for an individual license for macOS 10.15, Windows or Linux, with a 30-day trial period, or $159 for an individual license covering all three platforms. Older versions are available for earlier systems with Version 2.41 working on Macs back to Mac OS X 10.6. The latest version “includes improvements to the development environment and important bug fixes on all platforms.”

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds is Apple’s iPad game for learning how to write software code in the company’s Swift programming language. Apple says,

You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding, or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let you explore many unique coding experiences.

See “A Swift Tour“, Swift Playgrounds documentation, and Swift resources for more details.

Swift Playgrounds 3.2 is a free download for iPads running iOS 11 and later.

Swift Playgrounds 3.2 has just been released for macOS, but only for macOS 10.15 Catalina, as it apparently depends on Apple’s Mac Catalyst iPad software conversion subsystem.

BBEdit

BBEdit is a professional HTML and text editor from Bare Bones Software Inc., aimed at web and software developers. Features include pattern matching (“grep”); search and replace across multiple files; the ability to edit columns (in “delimited (CSV, TSV) text files”); function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages; code folding; text and code completion; FTP and SFTP open and save; AppleScript support and a “text factory”; Unix scripting support and a complete set of HTML markup and clean-up tools.

Version 13 was a major update, first released last fall, that includes “Pattern Playgrounds … for learning, developing and testing regular expression search patterns (‘grep patterns’) in a safe environment” and “live display of both literal and regular expression matching while entering a search string in the Find window”, plus an “Apply Transform command, which provides a powerful, immediate means to apply any single text transformation to multiple files and folders”, among many other improvements.

BBEdit 13.0.3 is priced at $49.99 for macOS 10.14 and later. The BBEdit download runs for 30 days with all features enabled for evaluation and then continues with a reduced feature set free of charge. (The free BBEdit mode replaces BBEdit’s earlier TextWrangler app.)

TextMate

TextMate is a “powerful and customizable text editor” for the Mac from MacroMates Ltd. with support for “a huge list of programming languages”, HTML markup, and general use. Designed to bridge “Unix underpinnings and GUI” to “cherry-pick the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike”, TextMate offers project grouping, window tabs, text folding, macros, text snippets, regular expressions, syntax highlighting, WebKit-based HTML previews, column editing, auto-completion, visual bookmarks, shell commands and much more (see the TextMate 2 manual and “TextMate 2 Basics” posts for more details).

TextMate 2.0.6 is available as a free open-source download for macOS 10.12 and up (and older versions support Mac systems back to Mac OS X 10.4/PowerPC), or it can be purchased at $56.