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Change #2 – Code Editor

For the last few years, I have been coding in a program called Macromedia Homesite. It was really nothing more to me than a syntax highlighting program that I had gotten used to while working for the University of Minnesota. It is rather old though, In fact, I’m not even sure Adobe still makes it.

That said, I have been meaning to force myself to switch to something new that had decent tabbing features, and decent syntax highlighting. Dan and Joe have both mentioned to be Edit+ on multiple occasions, but Edit+ is NOT freeware/open source to my knowledge. That said, I wanted something that if I wasn’t happy with it, I could do something about it (not that I ever would). In any case, I found it: The program was called Notepad++. You can find it pretty easily on Google (I’d link it, but I’m lazy at the moment).

So far, I’m rather impressed with it… In fact, some shortcuts that I used to try to take in homesite from time to time that never worked quite right, worked wonderfully in Notepad++. The only thing that I don’t like so far is the syntax color scheme, but hey, I can change it, and over time I expect that I’ll get used to it as well.

If your looking for a good editor to give a whirl, I strongly recommend Notepad++.

That’s two good program switches so far, that after only a few hours of using them, I’m so glad I made the switch.

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  • Dan September 19, 2007, 12:39 pm

    EditPlus is gratis, but not libre. At least, the 30 day trial never actually expires.

    I've also been using "ActiveState Komodo Edit" on and off. Also not software libre, but the php syntax hinting is nice (since php has no internal consistency).

    Also, if you're still using SSH Secure Shell, give WinSCP a shot. It's like 1000% better.