Android Studio Logcat Colours

Android Studio Logcat Colours

A tip that was passed on to me via Google+ from +MatoušSkála in this post, it is a useful tip to keep around.

Simple adjustments to the colour scheme for Android Studio Logcat that really helps distinguish message levels.

The following colour scheme is based on the Android Studio Darcula theme and is visually shown in the middle example.

Logcat Colour Examples

Logcat Colour Examples

To adjust the Logcat Colours, first we make a new custom theme:

  • File ->
  • Settings ->
  • Editor ->
  • Colours and Fonts ->
  • Android Logcat
  • Click "Save As" to save a custom theme.

For each Message type that you would like to change, deselect the "Inherit Attributes From:" checkbox.

  • Verbose: Don't Change
  • Debug: 6897BB
  • Info: 6A8759
  • Warning: BBB529
  • Error: FF6B68
  • Assert: 9876AA

Holo Theme colours (lower of the three examples) can be found here but they are a little to bright for my tastes.

New Job and .NET

New Job - Software Developer

Finally broken into professional software development and I'm loving it! This is in no small thanks to the people who have helped me get this far with their support and encouragement.

My wife Anna, who has been putting up with me while I have been building up to the switch. Mr David Murphy who has provided excellent advice and has been a great source of encouragement.

I have started for a small company who who's' application runs on the ASP.NET Web Forms platform and with limited experience in .Net of C# the last couple of months have been an interesting combination of on the job learning and home study. The best thing is that I'm loving the experience of actively working on software each day.

.NET and CSharp

It has been very interesting starting to learn the ins and outs of ASP.NET and the .NET platform as a larger beast. I'm finding ASP at least from my experience with Webfroms, a little pinickerty mainly due to not knowing the finer details of the technology yet but also as they do not feel particularly natural/intuitive to use. Webforms do seem relatively powerful and I am sure that given a little more time and familiarity I will get a real understanding of the technologies at play.

CSharp, not a language that I have any experience with but coming from a Java background, apart from a few differences in syntax, very easy to use. LINQ seems to be a potentially work flow changing technology and the sooner I get proficient with the more advanced aspects of CSharp the better as ill be saving loads of time and effort after I get LINQ down as well.

Jekyll, GFM and Syntax Highlighting

GitHub Pages and GitHub Flavoured Markdown

Originally I thought that Jekyll use to host GitHub pages would use GitHub Flavoured Markdown (GFM) as standard and would require no setup, particularly for syntax highlighting. This is not the case and generally for the better.

Setting Jekyll to use GitHub Flavoured Markdown is very easy, it also has advantages for sites that quote code by adding features such as fenced code blocks and changing the way Markdown handles underscores, to name a few.

This post will detail how simple it is to enable GFM and setup Syntax highlighting.

First we change the default Jekyll Markdown parser from Maruku (current default about to be replaced with Kramdown) to redcarpet by updating the Jekyll _config.yml.

markdown: redcarpet

Syntax Highlighting

Now we can use GFM to write our Markdown we need to format the Syntax with in the fenced code blocks. To do this we simply need to add CSS to format the content within the HTML of the fenced code blocks that the redcarpet Markdown parser creates. There are some rather good resources that provide the CSS files for various code palettes and my personal choice (the one used here) is Monokai.

One such resource is pygments-css maintained by Richard Leland which I will highlight in particular due to the GitHub Page hosted repo site that demonstrates the differing palettes in action.

Personally I created my CSS from a Gist and a repo. The Gist by assaki taking the bulk of the highlight CSS and added the first line form this repo file by aahan, adapting the back ground colour and text colour to match with Monokai. By adapting this first line, you get a nice GitHub style border to the Syntax frame, allowing it to sit nicely with in the page.

IT can be found in the linked Gist, but is detailed in code below. All that remained was to link the CSS file in my header _include.

/* Adjusted to give override background and text colour */
.highlight pre, pre, .highlight .hll {
    background-color: #49483E;
    border: 1px solid #ccc;
    padding: 6px 10px;
    border-radius: 3px;
    color: #FFFFFF;
/* Highlights taken from  for Monokai theme */
.c                 { color: #75715e }               /* Comment                     */
.err               { color: #960050;
                     background-color: #1e0010 }    /* Error                       */
.k                 { color: #66d9ef }               /* Keyword                     */
.l                 { color: #ae81ff }               /* Literal                     */
.n                 { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name                        */
.o                 { color: #f92672 }               /* Operator                    */
.p                 { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Punctuation                 */
.cm                { color: #75715e }               /* Comment.Multiline           */
.cp                { color: #75715e }               /* Comment.Preproc             */
.c1                { color: #75715e }               /* Comment.Single              */
.cs                { color: #75715e }               /* Comment.Special             */
.ge                { font-style: italic }           /* Generic.Emph                */
.gs                { font-weight: bold }            /* Generic.Strong              */
.kc                { color: #66d9ef }               /* Keyword.Constant            */
.kd                { color: #66d9ef }               /* Keyword.Declaration         */
.kn                { color: #f92672 }               /* Keyword.Namespace           */
.kp                { color: #66d9ef }               /* Keyword.Pseudo              */
.kr                { color: #66d9ef }               /* Keyword.Reserved            */
.kt                { color: #66d9ef }               /* Keyword.Type                */
.ld                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.Date                */
.m                 { color: #ae81ff }               /* Literal.Number              */
.s                 { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String              */
.na                { color: #a6e22e }               /* Name.Attribute              */
.nb                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Builtin                */
.nc                { color: #a6e22e }               /* Name.Class                  */
.no                { color: #66d9ef }               /* Name.Constant               */
.nd                { color: #a6e22e }               /* Name.Decorator              */
.ni                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Entity                 */
.ne                { color: #a6e22e }               /* Name.Exception              */
.nf                { color: #a6e22e }               /* Name.Function               */
.nl                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Label                  */
.nn                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Namespace              */
.nx                { color: #a6e22e }               /* Name.Other                  */
.py                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Property               */
.nt                { color: #f92672 }               /* Name.Tag                    */
.nv                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Variable               */
.ow                { color: #f92672 }               /* Operator.Word               */
.w                 { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Text.Whitespace             */
.mf                { color: #ae81ff }               /* Literal.Number.Float        */
.mh                { color: #ae81ff }               /* Literal.Number.Hex          */
.mi                { color: #ae81ff }               /* Literal.Number.Integer      */
.mo                { color: #ae81ff }               /* Literal.Number.Oct          */
.sb                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Backtick     */
.sc                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Char         */
.sd                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Doc          */
.s2                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Double       */
.se                { color: #ae81ff }               /* Literal.String.Escape       */
.sh                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Heredoc      */
.si                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Interpol     */
.sx                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Other        */
.sr                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Regex        */
.s1                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Single       */
.ss                { color: #e6db74 }               /* Literal.String.Symbol       */
.bp                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Builtin.Pseudo         */
.vc                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Variable.Class         */
.vg                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Variable.Global        */
.vi                { color: #f8f8f2 }               /* Name.Variable.Instance      */
.il                { color: #ae81ff }               /* Literal.Number.Integer.Long */