5 Text Editors: Valuable for Web Developers


A text editor is a program used for editing text files. It has strongly facilitated web application development by making it easier for developers to modify and reproduce their text codes. A web design company uses two tools most often- text editor and Email client because text editors have made it really convenient to produce a business web design in quick time. What makes Text editors so popular is the fact that they are provided with operating systems or software-development packages, and can be easily employed to alter the configuration files and programming language source code.

Here in this article we shall discuss various popular text editors, their different features and benefits.

Notepad ++

Among all the text editors made available for the web application development, Notepad ++ is the most popular providing an exhaustive range of features. It is a free source code editor, governed by the GPL license running in the MS windows format. Most of the users regard it as “the simplest, the easiest and yet really powerful.” It offers web developers a plethora of features, which are just too much to mention out here but a few noticeable and highly advantageous features are that; it provides tabs support, supports a wide variety of programming languages, enables code folding, lets you take a code printout in color, offers a side by side text comparison, enables zooming in and zooming out when required, macro recording and playback etc. Another worthwhile attribute of notepad ++ is its auto completion. This feature makes notepad ++ to guess well in advance which code you are attempting and thus saves a lot of time.

Notepad 2

It is the advanced and fast version of the classic notepad editor. The open source text editor is best suited to match with the pace of the contemporary fast tracked generation as it quickly initiates the processing and provides you with prompt results. Thus if speed is what you are looking for, your search ends at Notepad 2.

Total edit

Total edit is another potent open source notepad replacement and text editor that cater to the requirement of wide range of professional, from workers and journalists to web developers, etc. It empowers you to work efficiently and quickly by providing you with wide range of beneficial features including Auto-Completion, Code-Folding, Language specific Syntax-Coloring, Plug-in External Compilers like Javac, Preview Web Pages, fully customizable environment, spell checker line numbering and a lot more. Some of the features which distinguish it from the rest are backup and version comparison. It authorizes you to compare the currently edited file with its previous version and also offers a fully portable mode enabling you to run it off a USB stick.

jEdit

It is a specialized text editor meant primarily for programmers, made available under GNU general public license version 2.0. It was written in Java and thus runs efficiently on any platform supporting Java like Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and BSD. jEdit can be easily customized and configures according to the requirement. It makes use of macros and plug-ins and offers all standard and advanced features like syntax highlighting, auto indentation, file management and bookmarks. Also it offers keyboard shortcuts for almost anything. So go for this if you are more comfortable working your way through the keyboard.

Komodo Edit/ Komodo IDE

Komodo Edit is a free, fast, smart and quick text editor based on Komodo IDE. Komodo Edit is an open source, cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) editor for server side languages which can be operated in various platforms like Window, Linux, Mac and comes integrated with Komodo IDE, though an independent version is also available. It offers the developers a great set of features including code folding for tucking away the lines of code your presently don’t have the time to work upon, on-the-fly syntax checking not forcing you to compromise your agility, and the promiscuous extendibility with use of various plug-ins. It supports CSS, HTML, JavaScript, XML, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Tcl, RHTML, Template-Toolkit, HTML-Smarty and Django template styles.

Thus make avail of the resourceful text editors, depending upon your personal need and excel in efficient web application development, etc.

 

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