the fact that braces are not considered anything important in code
I use Notepad++ (it or UltraEdit are company enforced choices--please for the love of all that's holy none of those "But you should try ___!" posts).
I frequently work with lengthy boolean text strings. Needless to say, the nesting can get deep. Notepad++ will highlight an unbalanced parentheses if you have the cursor next to said parentheses. What it doesn't do (at least not the stock version anyway) is highlight bad parentheses no matter where your cursor is. Does anyone know of a way to get the program (or UltraEdit v16--the one we have licenses for) to light up bad/unbalanced parentheses automatically?
There is a "bad bracket" style in the style settings, try playing with that.