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    How to Beautify Code samples in your post using Syntax Highlighter

    I was reading Do you need all those revisions? post from Nice2All blog. In the post, i found piece of SQL and PHP code.

    Below is the Sample 1, how the code looked in that post:

    <script type="text/javascript">
    document.write("<i>Hello World!");

    As you can see that the coloring, formatting is making the code stand out and there are also options like view plain, copy to clipboard, print.

    I think i have around 5 posts that show code samples in the posts and here is how it looks.

    Below is the Sample 2:

    <script type="text/javascript">
    document.write("<i>Hello World!");

    I know every one would prefer the Sample 1 rather than the Sample 2.

    As soon as i read the above mentioned post, i left a comment asking the author about the code format and found out that it can be done by just installing a wordpress plugin called SyntaxHighlighter Plus.

    How to beautify code sample in your post using Syntax Highlighter Plus:

    • Open a new post or Modify an existing post
    • For ex: If i want to show javascript code, then just put javascript code in between [javascript/] your code.. [/javascript]
    • Save the post

    It supports following languages:

    * Bash — bash, sh
    * C++ — cpp, c, c++
    * C# — c#, c-sharp, csharp
    * CSS — css
    * Delphi — delphi, pascal
    * Java — java
    * JavaScript — js, jscript, javascript
    * PHP — php
    * Python — py, python
    * Ruby — rb, ruby, rails, ror
    * SQL — sql
    * VB — vb, vb.net
    * XML/HTML — xml, html, xhtml, xslt

    You can find more info about this plugin here

    Download SyntaxHighlighter Plus

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    1. This is definitely a great thing to have – especially for somebody like me who keeps changing the theme code (and sometiems WP core) as well in bits and pieces.

      Many times, after I make changes I tend to miss a semi-colon or closing php tag. This should be of great help 🙂 Will try and provide feedback.

    2. Lyndi says:

      I have been using this plugin for a while now. It works quite well but it does have two problems. It does not show properly in the RSS feed and if the code shown is a bit long the page could be slow in loading. I overcame the first problem by using another plugin called RSSless so that I can inform feed readers that the code is only available on the actual page. The other problem I overcame by making sure that I break the code I want to show up into smaller snippets.

      Thanks for the mention.

    3. Nihar says:

      @Ajith, I think you have misunderstood the post. This plugin gives a better look to the code samples that you show on the your posts.

      @Lyndi, Thanks for letting me know the problems. I will install RSSless

    4. Wow, this looks so much better that anything I have seen in a long time… great discovery, Nihar.


    5. Pavan Kumar says:

      That is useful for those who use codes regularly in blog… cool tip

    6. Nihar says:

      @Yan, Thanks…

      @Pavan, Yeah it is very useful for those who put code samples in the blog…

    7. Chetan says:

      This plug-in is really great for the Coders.
      I will install this after my PHP study 🙂

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