Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

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thumbnailThe pinnacle of web development is hand-coding. No other approach delivers the same bespoke quality, performance and all round job-well-done-ness as rolling up your sleeves and digging into source code.

As a result, most of us spend all day everyday staring at markup, style sheets, and assorted server-side code. Despite this most of us leave our applications with their default settings. But with a simple change of font, scanning our code becomes far simpler.

Selecting an appropriate font for coding is a unique task, in that the only audience you have to consider is yourself. The only thing that counts is what works for you.

The challenge is that coding is unlike most written formats; whilst most text has fairly regular line lengths, even when set ragged, the nature of our programming languages means that line lengths vary from a single character up to many hundreds per line; you need to select a font that is easily scannable with distinct individual letters.

You also need to ensure that your font has a full complement of mathematical symbols, brackets and punctuation; any font that covers basic latin is usually enough.

Finally, you need to ensure that the characters are sufficiently distinct at a small point size. Common problems are distinguishing the number ’1′ from the lowercase ‘l’ and the uppercase ‘O’ from the number 0.

The most common choices are monospaced fonts, as they create predictable line lengths and are traditionally used in technical data. However, the only rule is that you select a font that works for you. Pick the right one and your coding will be faster, easier to read back and less error prone.

 

Ubuntu Mono (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Century Schoolbook Monospaced ($24.75)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Droid Sans Pro Regular ($79)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Consolas ($35)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Trim Mono Light ($54 approx.)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Average Mono (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Excaliber Monospace (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Briem Mono ($50 approx.)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Blackbox Mono Superset ($149)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Kettler Regular ($39)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Nimbus Monospace ($19.95)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Pica 10 Pitch ($34 approx.)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Prestige Elite Regular ($40 approx.)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

ITC Souvenir Mono Light ($48 approx.)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Typewriter Elite Regular ($29)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Typiqal Mono ($29)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Monospace Typewriter (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Isonorm Monospaced Regular ($54 approx.)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Hermit (donation)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Inconsolata (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Deja Vu Sans Mono (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Elronet Monospace (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Dina (free — Windows only)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Profont (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

Monofur (free)

Improve your coding with 25 hyper legible fonts for programmers

 

What font do you use for coding? Do different fonts work better for different programming languages? Let us know in the comments.

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