Notepad++, my One and Only Programming Tool

February 6th, 2011

Last week I had a meeting with a bunch of .NET programmers and noticed they all use Visual Studio for their projects development. As I know .NET to some extend, I know it’s quite hard to code C# with a simple tool like Notepad++, so I somewhat understand their enthusiasm about VS.

I also experimented with Zend a while ago, but always got back to good old Notepad++, here are some reasons why:

  • It is fast
  • It doesn’t add any garbage code
  • I control everything
  • I know what I’m doing at all times

Notepad++ is great, but has some drawbacks as well:

I apologize to all who are not programmers and don’t have any experience in web programming, as this must have been painful to read – especially if you came so far to read this line =)

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3 Responses to “Notepad++, my One and Only Programming Tool”

  1. miijiik

    13 years ago

    It looks like you haven’t ever met TextMate, right?!
    And if you don’t have a Mac (obviously, you are using Windows apps), there is a PC port of TextMate and it is the same awesomeness, as on Mac, it’s just called e.

    Be sure to check out at least the screencast to see a bit of its potential or simply download demo for free @

    PS: Yoast’s WordPress TextMate bundle works like charm in e too 🙂

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    • Željan Topić

      13 years ago

      Just watched the screencast and don’t see any major advantage. I should probably use it and comment afterwards, but I’m kindda old school and only need a solid Notepad++, without autocompletion tools and similar stuff – just a fast editor that doesn’t break.

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  2. Keenan Payne

    13 years ago

    Without a doubt Notepad++ is my favorite tool to use, and besides Photoshop CS5 for graphics, is the only one. Hand coding websites whether it’s a static HTML and CSS website, or modifying a WordPress theme just feels so much better, and in my opinion, Notepad++ is definitely the way to go.

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