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Best editor to use on windows ?

I currently use Notepad++, but I don't have file trees to look at and play with like Jason does here on sublime. For application development on windows what is my best choice for an editor when following along with these videos and developing Ruby with tree house in general.

Thank You !

8 Answers

John Roberson
John Roberson
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I know this is an old thread but I felt the need to address Maciej's comments regarding Windows being bad for Rails. It's true that Mac has a lot of features that are more convenient for this sort of development (or development in general), but Windows is perfectly capable of handling pretty much any Rails development task you could throw at it, provided you know where the differences are between windows and mac. And when working with Vagrant and Virtualbox, those differences dont matter as much because you're working with Ubuntu. So when you vagrant ssh into your virtual machine, all of the Linux commands apply just as they would on Mac. :-)

Just putting that out there so you windows users don't get scared away. I'm on a windows machine myself. I would much prefer to be on a Mac, but they're pretty pricey for a decent machine and my PC does everything I need.

Ryan Field
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Ryan Field
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While not free, Sublime Text is available for Windows as well. It might be a bit pricey, depending on your situation. There's also Brackets, but I personally prefer Notepad++.

I like Aptana Studio 3 after adjusting a few settings, and it covers a variety of languages. It's free and easy to setup, but it does take a little getting used to. I use it for everything from HTML to ROR. There are several out there, so try them out .... you can always delete it and try another, until you find the one that best suites your needs.

Maciej Czuchnowski
Maciej Czuchnowski
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Move away from Windows as soon as possible for Rails development :). Then you can try Sublime Text (it's "Winrar free") or Atom.io (completely free alternative made by GitHub).

Actually Atom.io works on Windows too and I believe it's your best choice :-)

Maciej Czuchnowski
Maciej Czuchnowski
36,426 Points

Sure it works. But Windows is not a friendly environment for Rails development :)

carine todmia
carine todmia
6,071 Points

u should use sublime 2 like they do in the video. you shouldnt have to pay for it. from time to time it will prompt you to buy it but just ignore it. Ive been using it just fine on my windows

Maciej Czuchnowski
Maciej Czuchnowski
36,426 Points

Atom even has a special plugin that simulates Sublime's popup window - for people who miss it ;)

Ezekiel dela Peña
Ezekiel dela Peña
5,817 Points

Going to use Brackets on Windows while developing RoR. :)

This is kinda good because of its extensions quite awesome. Also this can help you with github. Helps you go through all those cmd lines with just a push of a button.

John Roberson
John Roberson
14,999 Points

Sublime Text has really good extensions too, and is a bit more stable in my experience.