This text editor gets points for its ability to work across Windows, Linux and OS X. It's bundled with addons and plugins that complement different programming languages, and allows multiple documents to be viewed through a tabbed interface. You can also customize shortcuts, and take advantage of the distraction-free mode, for maximum productivity. Sublime Text is available as evaluation software, but you can also purchase a full license for $70 per user.
If you're looking for a good, open-source Java IDE, try Netbeans. It's ready to go with CVS, Git, Glassfish, Subversion and Tomcat. The support for C/C++ is likewise superb, and the application itself is easy to install (it only takes a single .exe). Its latest version, 8.0, is quite lightweight, making it easy to use for newbie coders. If you're considering an alternative to the likes of IntelliJ and Eclipse, Netbeans is a musttry.
Efficiency is arguably Brackets' greatest strength. Features like Live Preview, quick edit, code completion, search, and file management panel system let you jump between different projects quickly. Additionally, it allows for one-click installation of extensions and themes, with its built-in extension browser. As an open-source application, Brackets is constantly being updated, so bugs are kept to a minimum.
Vims may be an open-source application, but it can hold its own against pricier, and equally powerful, alternatives. With over a thousand patches applied to it since its release, this application has few bugs, and works across multiple platforms. Although it's mostly designed with programmers in mind, anyone who needs a text editor can re-configure Vim to suit their purposes.
Designed for OS X, Smultron is a simple and intuitive text editor. It's handy for developers who need only the most basic tools (e.g. syntax highlighting, auto-complete), and for those who need a distraction-free alternative to popular word processors. Apart from the hiccups from opening multiple documents simultaneously, Smultron works well with lightweight coding tasks. Both versions of Smultron — the one from the Apple store, and the one from the developer's own store — cost $5. It's better to purchase the former, since, in the developer's words, "the version from our own store cannot sync themes, commands or snippets."
This one may be "ancient" by today's standards (it's been around since 1976), but it still packs a punch. No matter what task you throw at it (writing codes, customizing scripts, configuring a project planner) Emacs can handle it all. It's not a beginner-friendly program by any means, but for those who are serious about learning the nitty-gritty of programming, Emacs is a handy and rewarding tool to use.
Of all the editors on this list, TouchQode is the only one exclusive to Android phones. With it, you can highlight syntax, run basic scripts, sync files and perform other simple programming tasks on the go. As of this writing, the version for Apple phones has yet to be released.
If Notepad++ has any flaws, it's the fact that it's only available for Windows. Other than that, it's one of the most powerful — if not the most powerful — text editors available. It supports 27 programming languages, comes with a load of useful plugins, has a clean interface and comes with a ton of features that help, rather than hinder, performance. You can even use it to build a website from the ground up, provided you know your way around codes and languages.
Since new editors/IDEs pop up on a regular basis, it's possible that an otherwise excellent app would've been omitted from this list. If you know of apps like that, feel free to share them in the comments below.
Kim Garner, 3 August, 2015
Are these ranked in order of ability or jsut generic list? either way good resource. I would suggest that anyone new to codding try out as many on a free trial version to find the one that works best for them rather than gong in and paying a fee straight off the bat.
Matty Dune, 3 August, 2015
I know Vims is open source, but still not a fan!
B_Barritt, 3 August, 2015
nice list Kimberly! Like to see some of the older ones still holding strong in 2015!! shows their real value. I have heard the brackets sucks, but to be honest I heard that from someeone who also sucks so maybe it was their skills rather lol.
Colin , 3 August, 2015
Nice list will give visual studio a go, have basically been using notepad++ since forever but have heard good things about visual studio. anyone else have any recomendations?