Product Name : Notepad++ (Version 5.9.8)
Developer : Don Ho
OS Support : Windows 7/Vista/XP
Released on : Version 5.9.8 January 5, 2012
Key Features : Multi Language Source Code editing, Text Editor, Tabs, Recording
License : GNU GPL – Free Software!
Why many programmers and beginners prefer Notepad++ over the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is that IDEs generate code automatically that they do not learn much from it. Whereas in Notepad++ provides a good environment that programmers prefer. Notepad++ is much colorful unlike the Notepad which comes with Windows OS.
Notepad++ allows the users to change the text color and background color so that they can code without straining much. You can configure your colors at the Settings>>Style Configurator . Select the suitable theme. If nothing matches you, customize your own theme there itself. You can choose also the font and the font-size to match the colors.
Notepad++ allows you to record what you type on the window and it allows you to play it back. This helps the tutorial makers, who need not go for a separate screen recording software for this purpose. It is available in the menu bar.
Notepad++ integrates a spell checker with itself. It is useful for using it as a normal text editor or while you are typing the content in a HTML file.
The software allows you to expand its default functionality with the help of the plugins. If you want to add a plugin to the stand-alone Notepad++ , click Settings>>Import>>Import Plugin(s) , to import the plugin. Make sure that the plugin is in the format (.dll)
The program allows multi tabbed usage. You can work with multiple files at a time. Also, the application intends the source code that helps you to increase the readability of the program. It shows the color variations of syntaxes and text, thereby enhances the quality and look of the source code.
Here is the sample PHP source code when it is opened in Notepad++. The theme used is ‘Zenburn’, because I like this black and white combination for the text.
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Notepad++, though simple, it is a wonderful tool for the programmers and developers.
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