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.