Font Quest

Wed, Jan 24, 2007 @ 10:24
FAM, Leganés

The Inconsolata font in use within TextMate.

Recently I have been on a quest to find the best font to use while programming. This is one of those things that a lot of developers overlook when setting up their workspace, but it can make a significant difference. We will tweak key bindings, and colour schemes for hours to get the perfect mix, but then we will continue to use the default font for the editor. In windows this means Courier New or Lucida Console maybe. On a Mac, the usual suspect is Monaco – which in all fairness is a very nice font, but is it the best one for you?

I certainly can’t tell you which font you should use… that is clearly a personal choice, but I can point you to a couple of ones which I have enjoyed using in the past. I also realize that this isn’t really about Europe per se, but I am over here working on a dissertation project, staring at a lot of code and therefore this becomes an important issue. As important possibly as a comfortable chair and a proper desk for ones personal well-being.

There are more available, some pretty nice, some quite ugly, but again that is a personal taste decision and I hope that you find something that is as pleasing as possible for you to work with.