Tired of Notepad?

Webmasters (and others) often need to edit HTML, PHP, JavaScript (etc) in a text editor. Even users of software like Dreamweaver or GoLive need to edit things like 3rd-party PHP scripts (forums, blogs, etc). Then there are people like me who can’t stand WYSIWYG software (and do a lot of PHP work). No matter what group you fit into, you’ll eventually need to edit plain text. Microsoft Notepad is okay for most purposes, but you’ll eventually need more.

Notepad has an annoying limit on the amount of text it can edit at once. If you edit huge source files for scripts such as SMF Forum (or paste long SQL schemas for later use) you’ll run into this problem. Notepad also mangles text in downloaded files sometimes (okay, a LOT). Instead of a legible file, you get gibberish.

Notepad also mangles text in downloaded files sometimes (okay, a LOT). Instead of a legible file, you get gibberish.

Alternate text editors offer not just riddance of Notepad’s irritating bugs, but useful features you may eventually come to rely on. Some text editors can highlight syntax; others let you insert PHP statements with ease.

Here are a few text editing programs you may wish to try:

There are others, of course. Just Google “text editor” or something of the sort. I like using Notepad because of it’s fast loading time, but I use EvolvEd and Intype just as much.


 

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