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General Discussion

Daniel Scalia
Daniel Scalia
8,447 Points

question about Notepad++

I see that notepad++ is quite different from TH workspaces. Is there TH instructional videos about how to use notepad++?

3 Answers

William Li
William Li
Courses Plus Student 26,868 Points

Hi Daniel.

Sorry, TTH doesn't have such video. Workspace is a ZERO setup coding environment TTH custom-built in-house, it's meant to be used with TTH course lectures.

While there's nothing identical to Workspace elsewhere, that doesn't mean there are no alternatives.

A UNIX (MacOS, Linux) Operating System with any text editor + Terminal can do anything Workspace can, and then some. But you need to do all the setup yourself.

the second alternative is a cloud IDE, for example, Cloud9, requires minimum setup, but it's like a more robust & feature-rich version of TTH's Workspace.

To add on to William Li's answer...

I also wouldn't recommend using Notepad++. It is hard to visualize code, since there's no code coloring. It is just much much less convenient. It is possible, but if you want to code like a pro, and be able to code much faster, you should use a code-based text editor like:

  • Brackets (free)
  • Atom (free)
  • Sublime Text ($79.99 but unlimited free trial)
  • Code Wrangler

Both Treehouse and I use Sublime Text.

Treehouse however also uses Atom occasionally (they still use Sublime Text more though).

I hope this post will help you out :smile:


William Li
William Li
Courses Plus Student 26,868 Points

hello, Alex, thanks for answering the question and helping out in the forum :)

FYI, I would like to point out that Notepad++ is a not the same program as the Notepad that comes with Windows OS. Notepad++ is actually a very robust programmer's text editor used by many developers on Win.

Oh... I mixed those up XD

Atom seems pretty good, though. (I never tried it but it looks great.)

Sublime Text by far is my favorite. I once tried Brackets and I recall loving it, too. Code Wrangler, I dunno. I just somehow remember that name. LOL

Rob Allessi
Rob Allessi
8,600 Points

Treehouse staff uses a wide variety of code editors, some of the most popular being Atom, Brackets and SublimeText. Though, I have to disagree with Alexander's points on dismissing NotePad++. I've been using it off and on for the past 6 years, and I don't find it to be difficult to visualize code at all, code is colored and there's different views depending on what language you're coding in and is my preferred editor.