Large font for code editors

People always talk about how to gain screen real estate for their IDEs/code editors in order to have more code visible. Why do we need to have lots of code on the screen? What’s the benefit? Do I need to see more than the function I am currently working on? Not really.

About a month ago I set the font in all my editors to Consolas 12. This leaves me with just 45 lines in plain editors and about 30 in IDEs with a panel at the bottom. But that’s stupid isn’t it? With a 30” screen and a 9pt font you can get about three gazillion lines of code displayed. I will tell you a secret. If you keep your functions small and tidy you wont need more than 30 lines. Try it yourself. It helps keeping focused at the job at hand.

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