Coding on Windows – Notepad ++

Notepad++ is a code editor software that can also replace your MS Windows Notepad.

From the research I’ve done, it is one of the most used software for programmers working on a Windows machine. The list of features it has is pretty impressive, such as:

  • syntax highlighting for C, C++, PHP, CSS, Java, HTML, XML, Javascript, Python, Perl, Ruby, and several other languages;
  • auto-completion;
  • a plug-in structure with several plug-ins for you to choose from;
  • macro recording and playback;
  • and the list goes on…

You can run Notepad ++ also from your USB drive through Portable Apps.

What about you, what is your favorite coding program? It’d be interested to know and try out a few other options.

Coding in Linux – Bluefish Editor

I’m starting my baby steps into web coding, really starting out with the basics of the basics. But, I didn’t want to start with a WYSIWYG editor, those are too simple and will not teach much of coding per se. So, I went searching for a nice editor for my Linux box and found Bluefish Editor.

From their site, “Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code.” You can use its syntax highlighting for Python, HTML, PHP, C, Java, JavaScript, XML, CSS, Perl, and languages.

It also gives the user some coding help with completion for HTML tags, attributes, and some PHP functions.

Bluefish editor runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Mac OS.

So far I’m enjoying using it, it is simple to use, fast, has a nice preview option with several browsers, and the toolbar is helping a newbie like me.

Later on I’ll try other editors and surely report here my findings.