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    pie??? PIE!!!! rsdl's Avatar
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    I liker to use Programmer Studio. It's not really developed for PHP but it does have features for php. The good thing about it is that i can edit files straight from my server and it saves all my changes directly on the files on the server. Plus its god cool markup colours too.

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    I favor vim, quick featurefull and a very low footprint.
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    I use Winsyntax. It's small, fast and simple. Also there is the feature you've never seen before (I bet!). It's the brackets highlighting!

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    To me a good editor is *vewy* important: it's the kind of program that I use *all* the time (like my browser).
    I've been looking quite some years after a decent editor I'd feel comfortable with.
    It had to have some specific requirements:
    - windows prg. (Still use Win for my desktop)
    - fast
    - stable
    - not too bloat
    - syntax highlightening
    - macros
    - plugins for highlighters etc...
    - Integrated file browser
    - multiple documents
    - easy handling of projects
    - search & replace (in multiple documents or selections of document if needed)
    - regex search & replace
    - programmable shortcuts, macros, auto-completion and document templates (aiai 'templates' ;-) ).
    - auto-indentation
    - 'split' view for handling large files
    - clipboard

    There maybe other reasons I had at the time, but can't remember them right now ;-)

    Anyway, I've tried many editors:
    I started out with Notepad, like many I suppose, but quickly classified that as 'unusable':
    No colors (makes me nervous, can't see typo's, etc)
    Couldn't handle big files at the time (still has issues with it)
    no multiple documents
    search & replace functionality is a laugh.
    I must say, I do not understand people advocating it's use as a coder's editor. No colors make Been go gaga. Also, have you ever seen a text editor that uses an italic font as it's default (win2k)?? Nuts! I say ;-)

    Via tucows, download.com and similar sites, I came across stuff like TextPad, EditPlus, UltraEdit, HTML-Kit, AceFreeHTML, phpEdit, ...
    I liked TextPad a lot, but was not too happy with the interface, also the filebrowser wasn't able to browse network shares where no drive letter was defined for.

    Worked a long time with AceFreeHTML, up to the point they didn't support the free version anymore and all in all, it was very HTML-oriented.
    I've heard they are now continuing to distribute the free version, but that it isn't that good anymore (but that's someone else's opninion ...)
    Then I switched to HTML-Kit, which I liked, but then it screwed up two very important script files that were on a network share (I saved them, and they just weren't there anymore, scary...). Threw it away immediately.

    And so my search continued, in the end, I had 3 'contenders' that remained: TextPad, UltraEdit and EditPlus, but being honest, I ingnored TextPad for not liking the interface, sometimes you've got to be hard in making a decision.
    Worked with UtraEdit and EditPlus side by side for a long time (couple of months, which is way beyond the trial period, I know, but I like to be sure ...), until UtraEdit screwed up my indentation on a file while doing some tabs<>spaces conversions. It bummed me out...
    Stayed with EditPlus for a few weeks more, forked out the $30, and I must say I'm very happy with it;
    It does everything I want it to do, the way I want the editor to do it, it has never crashed on me once or behaved strangely, I absolutely like it!

    I realize that not all of my arguments are completely justified, but then an editor is a very personal and subjective item I guess, I know people who absolutely swear by TextPad or UltraEdit or whatever (I don't know any that swear by Notepad though ;-) ), and I can't blame them really, for all I know, it was my miss-use of the programs that lead to the so-called weird behavior...

    On linux, which I use as my preferred server-OS, I'm quite happy with vim (don't use X on my servers) ;-)
    It has an interface that takes some getting used to, but it's fast, it's powerful, it does colors, mdi, regex, more than enough for quick edit&repair jobs...

    I use Winsyntax. It's small, fast and simple. Also there is the feature you've never seen before (I bet!). It's the brackets highlighting!
    Used that too for a while, if I recall correctly it was a download-tip in a sitepoint newsletter once. But stopped using it, because it didn't support a lot of the features I wanted in an editor, but yes it's small and simple, a little too much for my taste.
    But that makes that I have seen the feature before, so I guess I'm the first winner of the bet ;-)
    btw, when an editor does a good auto-completion and -indentation, I can't imagine why someone should need brackets highlightening ? But then again, my imagination sometimes lets me down ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika
    Also there is the feature you've never seen before (I bet!). It's the brackets highlighting!
    you may try Zend Studio to find this as well
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    Sorry guys. I was sure. But I turned out to be wrong

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    This is something interesting someone has just said to me:

    by the way, working with notepad all the time is not a bad thing after all. I mean, people who use syntax highlight don't really make parse errors because of the highlighting, and notepad people don't really make them, because they get used to not-make them =)


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