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What FREE Editor do you recommend?

  • # March 22, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Just getting back into scripting after about 6 or more years at the time I always used Notepad and Notepad++

    So what lightweight FREE editor with syntax highlighting do you recommend

    A portable one I can put on a usb stick would be nice but not necessary

    # March 22, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Sublime Text 2

    # March 22, 2012 at 9:41 am

    +1,000,000 for Sublime Text 2 :D

    # March 22, 2012 at 10:06 am


    @joshuanhibbert – that looks pretty cool. I will have to check that one out.

    # March 22, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I use Komodo Edit.

    # March 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Netbeans- It’s a one Smart IDE that i Use

    # March 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Great article about text-editors.

    //cc: @jamy_za

    # March 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Sublime Text 2

    While it is ‘free’ in the sense that you have an unlimited trial, I recommend purchasing a license if you really like it!

    # March 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    i’ve never really liked a free text editor. my favorite is sublime text 2, which costs $59 but you can use it for free with an occasional nag screen.

    before that i was in love with coda, but it feels a bit out of date to me now.

    # March 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Sublime text 2…period.

    or Aptana Studio 3 is a good alternative.

    # March 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Sublime Text 2 is now winning all the hearts of developers, give it a try you will surely like it.

    # March 23, 2012 at 9:01 am


    sorry about that

    # March 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Sublime text 2 for t he ultimate win.

    Also – I wouldn’t recommend using W3Schools for anything – notoriously unreliable and full of misinformation.

    If you want to get into some of the newer technologies or learn more about coding with precise and informative tutorials use TeamTreehouse – I use it to brush up on skills and learn new stuff and it is truly awesome.

    # March 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

    @andy_unleash would be nice but money is tight right now

    # March 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

    @JustinBeaird, your second round of questions would probably be better off as a new thread, but since you asked nicely i would recommend you avoid w3schools as much as possible. a lot of their info is out of date or just plain wrong (see: w3fools).

    instead of that bookmark Mozilla’s webdev docs, and save yourself a lot of headaches.

    as for up to date books on web development, imo you should try to read everything that ABookApart publishes.

    i also just recently got Aaron Gustafson’s Adaptive Web Design, and its full of great info on the many ways to apply progressive enhancement to your work.

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