Choosing your Text Editor

Sublime Text 2 logo

Platforms: Windows/Mac/Linux

Sublime Text 2 – is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.

Sublime Text 2 is my favorite text editor. I love the nice user interface and has a lot of plugins like ZenCoding. It cost $59 but you can use the unregistered version. You can also download Textmate theme .tmTHEME put into the Color Scheme folder to use. – http://www.sublimetext.com/

Notepad++ logo

Platform: Windows

Notepad++ 

is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.  – from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

This is a free text editor and only run in Windows platform but I guess you can install this on a Linux platform using Wine.

Notepad++ is also a good text editor because of its simplicity and ease of use. If you’re looking for a free text editor better than Notepad, then Notepad++ is yours!

Textmate logo

Platform: Mac

Textmate – Whether you are a programmer or a designer, the production of code and markup is hard work. Without an editor dedicated to the task, it is also often cumbersome, overwhelming, and repetitive. Especially when you are dealing with a lot of files at once — like most projects do. TextMate puts you back in control, reduces the mental overhead, and turns manual work into something the computer does. – from http://macromates.com/

Unfortunately, this text editor is not free but you can use the 30-day trial. I haven’t tried this one so I don’t talk much in this but I’ve seen this in many video tutorials and it looks nice.

Bluefish logo

Platforms: Windows/Mac/Linux

Bluefish – is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdevelopers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages. See features for an extensive overview, take a look at the screenshots, or download it right away. Bluefish is anopen source development project, released under the GNU GPL licence.

I tried using this text editor when I am using Linux to test and its lacking of features. This is similar to Notepad but you can add plugins.

I just listed few text editors because I know when developing we only use one. I didn’t put known applications like Dreamweaver, Komodo IDE, Aptana Studio, NetBeans, PhpStorm, UltraEdit, etc. because they are heavy and load lots of resources. Text Editors are easy to use and they are lightweight when it comes to processes. IDE’s have a great feature but cost much. There are still a lot of text editors out there but I recommend Sublime Text 2 and Notepad++ since these two are performing well doing their job!

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