Notepad++ : A Fantastic Open-Source Editor for Windows

At my work, I use Windows XP (running on VMWare Server). I have also established an intranet using OpenStar CMS (described as a premium value-added version of PostNuke), riding on Apache2 web server. This effort has led me inexorably down the road to programming and editing code (PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc.). I quickly learned that Windows Notepad was not the answer (it displayed PHP files apparently without any line breaks and made editting a nightmare), and I found Wordpad to be limiting as well (plus, after Notepad, I didn’t trust it). Bear in mind I did very little text editing before I kicked off this project, especially in Windows. I also have a limited budget and so tend to avoid commercial IDEs due to price and bloat.

Luckily, the University of Google provided a solution – Notepad++. This thing is great, and open-source (as opposed to most Windows “freeware”, which I avoid like the plague). It allows editing of just about any text file (C, perl, python, PHP, XML, HTML, CSS, as well as .ini files and .conf files, to name a few) right off the bat, and features tabbed editing, syntax highlighting (including bracket/parenthesis pairing, so you can quickly find missing or extra brackets/parenthesis), per tab operations, code-collapsing, and extensive search capabilities, just to name a few. It is an invaluable tool for editing text files on Windows. If you have to work in Windows and need to do any quick and dirty code editing, this software is definitely worth a look.


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