Adding Syntax Highlighting to Steemit?

4 months ago

I just joined steemit and really looking forward posting about programming. I write apps in React for my day job, so got even more excited when I saw that steemit was written in React. I was looking to make a post about Javascript when I noticed none of my code was syntax highlighted. For example:

const isFavoriteColor = ({ color }) => color ===  'green';

This code just looks boring. Imagine instead if we could have code that looked like this:
Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 1.11.16 AM.png

I thought this would be a very useful feature for any programmer on this site. So I went to the github to make an issue discussing it. But after checking the contributing guide, I found this:

Do not use the issue tracker to suggest enhancements or improvements to the platform. The best place for these discussions is on Steemit.com. If there is a well vetted idea that has the support of the community that you feel should be considered by the development team, please email it to sneak@steemit.com for review.

So I figured this would make a great topic for a first post.

So would you like to see syntax highlighting added to steemit? Any specific features or languages you'd like to make sure are supported? If the community wants this I am happy to make the contribution.

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Yes please! I suggest using https://highlightjs.org, it support most languages

This is a great idea! A definite need for the programming community on steemit.

Great idea! I think that this would go far to help promote additional programming content on Steemit. I never notice how nice having syntax highlighting is until I see code without it.

This is what i need!

Welcome, Jimmy.
Just to let you know, you upvoted a comment of mine. I followed you immediately, and came here to your first post, and resteemed. If I can give you any advice here, (I'm here 1 month) you need to find good discussions about topics you are passionate about, and just comment.
Good post here, and it's a good intro. But you need to spend your time writing good, succinct comments. For like a month.
Good Luck, bon voyage!
(and YES! anything you can contribute to the UI would be sooo appreciated.)

Yes! I'm in the process of writing a piece about capturing/reading/analyzing network packets in C# and having syntax hightlighing built in would be amazing. Currently just uploading screencaps instead, but that's not ideal for a variety of reasons.

I think that would be great, but I feel the Steemit - team has other priorities. Since it isn't necessary for mass adoption, it will likely be shot down.

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I'm planning on doing the work as far as the code goes. Since steemit already supports github flavored markdown, it shouldn't be a hard change. They are using remarkable, which supports highlightjs.

Obviously the programming community isn't the largest on steemit, but I feel it has a great chance to be and this feature would make a huge difference.

That said if the team doesn't want to accept it, I understand.

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Have a quick look at the closed merge requests and the explanation ...

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Help me out. I'm not really seeing a pattern or anything. Are you part of the team?

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I'm not part of the team.

I have just seen some good merge requests being closed for good.
Before you put a lot of work in, be aware, that it probably will not go through.

I'd appreciate colored code, but as I said above: Given the history, it probably has very little chance ...
Maybe it would be something for chainbb ...

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I was a bit worried about your comments so I looked trough 20+ pages of pull requests on condenser... I could only find one feature request that was closed and I found the reasoning for that one to be sound. Do you have some examples?

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https://github.com/steemit/condenser/pull/1433

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Well ... looks like there were not many merge requests for features.
The two I found were shut down.

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Yeah that was the one I was referring to :) Well, will be interesting to see how it goes down if you create a PR for this @jimmyhmiller. I'll be rooting for you!

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Awesome. I'm right behind you on this one.

@jimmyhmiller this sounds like an excellent improvement for people who want to share example code. I tried sharing some the other day and it was pretty trick to read.