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    Time for Notepad++

    I'm now on version 3 of my website and so far have been using only Notepad for HTML and CSS.

    I've just installed XAMPP (for local use) and am reading up on PHP to look at some more dynamic content.

    Is this the time for me to be moving to Notepad++, for colour highlighting of coding etc, or should I just stay with the basic Notepad?

    Appreciate your thoughts.

    Goofy

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    I personally use Notepad++ for everything except for major php development.
    Its the best.

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    I think the time to upgrade is past.

    I use NoteTab Pro which is probably similar to Notepad ++.

    I like the color coding and I couldn't live without search and replace across multiple documents.

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    Notepad++ makes things easier, why would you make things harder for yourself by sticking with notepad, you get syntax highlighting (easier to read), code collapsing (easier to maintain), much better features, spell checking, mass search and replace and you can have all your documents open in tabbed windows

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    Do yourself a favor: install Notepad++.

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    That's what I thought as well, but I still consider myself a novice and I like the simplicity of Notepad. i.e. I make a mistake, I find it myself, I fix it.

    That said, I take your opinions on board and Notepad++ will be installed this morning.

    It's very difficult for a newbie, just to know where to start, how to progress and how to determine you're ready to take the next step. Alex, I notice you posted something like a 5-point plan on another thread. Things like that are really helpful, and help all us beginners who are slowly stumbling in the right direction.

    Thanks all
    Goofy

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    Yes .. Do it please .. You will see many new features in Notepad++

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    Notepad is very primitive and slows up your coding. No matter how much of a beginner you consider yourself, colour highlighting makes things easier. Get Notepad++ NOW.

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    I too suggest you for having Notepad++, as this editor supports several languages, as this is written in C++ and uses Win32 API and STL which ensures higher executing time.

    The features include,
    User defined syntax highlighting, Multi-Document, auto-completion. So, it is better to go for Notepad++ for coding.

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    I started using Notepad++ shortly after learning about it from reading this forum. Always used plain old Notepad before but wow...the ++ is well earned. It lays out the (choose your language) beautifully. Color highlights syntax so errors are easier to spot and gives you line numbers to help narrow in on mistakes. I thought Notepad was plenty until I switched. It was a great move for me. Hope it works out as well for you!

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    I use notepad++ for basic file editing.

    But Eclipse is my coding IDE both for PHP and Python .
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    I should use it to, but still can't forget old notepad. He served me so long, just can't do that with him

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    Old notepad will always be where I started, but in just two weeks I couldn't go back. I'm definitely not using it to its full potential yet, but the colour highlighting is so good to help you spot the mistakes.

    As always, Sitepoint forum views rock.

    Take it easy.
    Goofy


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