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Solid Text Editors for Programming on Windows

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    XeusX

    Hello all,

    I am new to the community, and I just wanted to first of all say how great Channel 9 is.  My question is that I am a heavy OS X programmer, and I feel lost with out an equivalent to BBEdit (http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/index.shtml) on Windows.  Is there something equivalent or better on Windows?  I am getting into some .Net development, and I just need a text editor to understand it.  I can't have Visual Studio do things until I understand what Visual Studio is doing.

    Sincerely,

    Jerome

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    miies

    There are tons of editors, but if you're planning to use VisualStudio, imho the best way to learn what it's doing is just:

    - Use it
    - Tweak it: modify options and see what they do
    - Switch between designmode and codeview all the time and see how they relate

    It's a misconception that in VS you'll only see the visual elements of the program you're creating. You can just as well read, write and analyze the source and/or HTML code.

    The only editors I use are VS and Notepad, I don't require anything else.

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    spod

    Hi XeusX

    studio is cool, but if i just want a text editor this is my personal favorite

    http://www.textpad.com/

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    sbc

    A few suggestions:

    All are based on Open Source software and are high quality IMHO.

    If you wish for a very small and fast notepad replacement, metapad is very good - http://www.liquidninja.com/metapad/

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    Shawn

    Notepad2 is a great little text editor.  I was using Metapad before but I think Notepad2 is going to be my new "default" text editor.

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    cageyjames

    XeusX wrote:
    Hello all,

    I am new to the community, and I just wanted to first of all say how great Channel 9 is.  My question is that I am a heavy OS X programmer, and I feel lost with out an equivalent to BBEdit (http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/index.shtml) on Windows.  Is there something equivalent or better on Windows?  I am getting into some .Net development, and I just need a text editor to understand it.  I can't have Visual Studio do things until I understand what Visual Studio is doing.

    Sincerely,

    Jerome

    There is no editor as good as BBEdit.  Believe me I have looked.  I've settled on Context, but its not as good at BBEdit.

    http://www.fixedsys.com/context/

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    harumscarum

    I have always used editplus.

    http://editplus.com/

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    IceFreak2000

    Chalk up another vote for TextPad

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    SKG

    I have 3:
    Visual Studio .NET for larger projects (SQL & C#)
    TextPad for simpler projects (ASP & ASPX)
    notepad for even simpler stuff (javascript, CSS, bat, wsh, etc)

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    lars

    I'm an Ultraedit kinda guy.

    /Lars.

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    SMac

    I'll second that Ultraedit nomination

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    chuawenching

    I like microsoft notepad a lot. Coz it is free and comes with Windows.

    But if notepad can add on this features:
    - lines numbers
    - when i press tab key, will only give 3 whitespaces rather than 6. Hope it can be exactly like VS.NET tab key.
    - Intellisense (for coding tags - not really necessary)

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    wbarthol

    I still think Vim is one of the best editors available, it's full of functionality, easily customisable, aimed at developers, well documented, what more can you ask for?

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    jj5

    chuawenching wrote:
    I like microsoft notepad a lot. Coz it is free and comes with Windows.

    But if notepad can add on this features


    What!? Add features to notepad!? Never! Heathen! Smiley

    EditPlus gets my vote. I've been using it for years. It's not that great though.

    I do all my coding in Visual Studio. IntelliSense my friend, it's smack for programmers. Oh, and code formatting is just a CTRL-A, CTRL-X, CTRL-V away..

    John.

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    daghb

    Also, try out Crimson Editor - nice color coding and support for several file formats (extendable and configurable) including C+, C#, VB, VBScript, SQL, INI, BAT, XML, XML Schema. Freeware.

    DagH

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    Jernej

    Windows XP version of Notepad has line numbers!
    The best thing... you can copy-paste it from XP to 2k and it works...

    J

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    sbc

    Any editors that are more geared towards HTML? Apart from HTML-Kit.
    One that has syntax highlighting and a 'tag tree' for easy navigation through HTML code.

    Even better one that also has an extensible interface.

    JEdit
    is also a good editor - but needs Java installed (so can't really take it around on a USB flash drive)

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    jkwuc89

    My personal favorite is Visual SlickEdit.  More info is available at:  http://www.slickedit.com.

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