Is there a way to hide the icons in the dock and just show text of the app name instead?
I was curious about what you wanted, but you can't just have "Text" instead of icons, but you can have icons that are "text" :)
check out this link on how one user solved his issue.
the download link is over on the right side.
how to change your icons in OSX http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2493
i think this is what you were going after...