Today I decided I can be a choosey chap.
Unhappy with the basic <pre> syntax for pre-formatted text such as my SQL queries and output, I was on the hunt for a Syntax Highlighter to suit my satisfaction.
Part of this search entailed reviewing how other bloggers do it, but considering I read most of my feeds through Google Reader, I don't see as much of the magic.
I like the way Laurent Schneider formats his, but I think it may be internal and cumbersome.
I found a bunch of reviews here.
A common/popular one seems to be Syntax Highlighter by Alex Gorbatchev. I've applied this to my blog although I'm not entirely happy with it.
I don't know if it's my penchant for SQL*Plus, or my softer choice of highlight colours in TextPad, but I don't like the colour choice of the strings or certain keywords - I mean, pink for aggregate functions? I had a look at the source and it doesn't seem immediately obvious how to customise these. I need the .js/.css files externally hosted anyway because I can't host them in blogger nor Google Docs.
It looks cleaner without the line numbers - I think I'll only add those when I want to mention particular lines.
It also comes out quite small in Google Chrome - a browser I find myself using more and more - can't wait for XMarks to be available in Chrome.
I also tried Google Code Prettifier, althought it seemed to have minimal effect on SQL bar drawing a box around my code.
I don't know if I'm being picky or if there just isn't much out there for SQL. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd more than welcome them.