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General Discussion

Ramon Salinas
Ramon Salinas
5,538 Points

best text editor?

Can someone recommend a text editor for a rookie like me? Preferably something free or rather inexpensive.

Thanks

5 Answers

Sublime Text 3 $70 but the best money spent. It has a free trial too.

Adam Moore
Adam Moore
21,956 Points

I have just been using Sublime Text 2, and it has a free trial. Not sure the cost, since the free trial hasn't run out yet, even after a few months (maybe never?).

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

from https://www.sublimetext.com/buy

"Sublime Text may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however a license must be purchased [at $70] for continued use."

Adam Moore
Adam Moore
21,956 Points

from http://www.sublimetext.com/2:

"Sublime Text 2 may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however a license must be purchased for continued use. There is currently no enforced time limit for the evaluation."

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

I'm not sure why you quoted that.

> Not sure the cost

$70 USD for a single license


> since the free trial hasn't run out yet

My reading of the "continued use" phrase in the sentence you quoted would seem to require you to purchase a license if you've continued to use the software after a "few months".


> (maybe never?).

That's correct there is no dialogue that will pop up saying your time is up

Adam Moore
Adam Moore
21,956 Points

Well, I quoted it because you quoted the site, seeming to say that a license must be purchased for continued use of the product. However, since the site says, "There is currently no enforced time limit for the evaluation," it would seem that the price to purchase wouldn't really matter, since, as it is set up now, you don't have to purchase it.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

> you don't have to purchase it.

The site clearly states requires you to purchase it, that's what the word must means.

The fact that you can use an image from someone's site without their permission doesn't make it acceptable, this is no difference.

Gareth Borcherds
Gareth Borcherds
9,372 Points

Free you can do notepad++. It's not bad and has a lot of basic features.

The best editor that I like if you have a Mac is Coda 2. By far my favorite, but it's not cheap. It has tons of stuff, like FTP upload and git management. Also has a built in MySQL manager and terminal. Way more than a text editor.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Most of the features in sublime text are available in notepad++ via plugins. In fact, it's the plugin system that makes both notepad++ and sublime text such great text editors.

I'm unclear why someone who self-identifies as a "rookie" would want to buy something that is "way more than a text editor".

Reminds me back in school, you started out with a simple calculator in elementary, then in middle school upgraded to a scientific, then in high school upgraded to a graphing calculator. Buying a graphing calculator for a 5th grader would be a mistake in my opinion.

GitHub built there own editor Atom

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Not sure it's ready for prime time yet.