10 Most Fascinating Text Editors For Web Developers

This is a guest post by Charu Garg.

Writing code for a blog or website is a daunting task. It requires a lot of concentration, as even a slightest error may make your web page go haywire. Therefore, it is necessary to use a powerful and feature rich text editor that you can rely on and also helps you recognize errors in your code.

Adobe Dreamweaver used to be the most preferred text editor, however, as the technology progressed, web developers started to try new text/code editors. Now, there are plenty of text editors available to choose from and this had really made the task of picking the best ones difficult.

In this post, we list up the 10 most fascinating text editors for web developers, that are intuitive, robust, powerful, and feature rich.

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  1. SlickEdit

    SlickEdit text editor SlickEdit is one of its own kind text editor that lets you code faster. It has been designed by developers for developers, and possesses many fascinating features. In SlickEdit, you can have a multiple document group interface, where document tabs can be arranged as separate top-level windows, and you can also drag and drop the files between tab groups.

    For SlickEdit, a new version has also been launched recently which supports files greater than 2GB. Apart from that, it also supports many exciting web programming languages such as CoffeeScript, Google Go, Matlab, and Markdown. Moreover, Android applications can also be built with ease using SlickEdit.

  2. Brackets

    Brackets text editor The Brackets is undoubtedly one of the most exciting text editors of today’s time. It’s an open source code editor that anyone can use for free. It has been designed and developed by Adobe, the company that is known for its web development related software such as Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver. The Brackets has been built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and comes with a clutter free workspace and some compelling features such as Live Preview and Quick Edit. Moreover, it also gets hooked up with the browser and lets you code seamlessly. Apart from this, people can also contribute with their coding skills to enhance its functionality and make it more powerful than ever.

  3. Sublime Text

    Sublime Text text editor Sublime Text is an innovative text editor that comes in three different versions; one for Windows, one for Mac and one for Linux. In the recent years, it has proved to be one of the most in-demand text editors. It is pretty light in weight, and only consumes a very little disk space. Though it is paid text editor and cost $70 per license, but one can easily use it for free as it’s available for download to give it a try and evaluate it without having any time limitation. The Sublime Text offers a slick user interface, with exciting and intuitive features and powerful performance.

  4. PSPad

    PSPad text editor PSPad is one of the most used freeware text editor that is built specifically for Microsoft Windows. It is available in 8 languages including English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The PSPad works with a variety of programming languages pretty well, and provide its users with highlighted syntax. In addition to this, it comes with an inbuilt FTP client, which let the users to edit files directly from the web. Apart from this, it is also capable of saving the desktop sessions which makes it easier to re-open and work on all session files.

  5. Espresso

    Espresso text editor Espresso is a new feature rich and compelling text code editor that comes with an integrated CSSEdit 3. No matter what programming language out of HTML5, CSS3, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, Apache and Markdown you use to develop your own or your client’s website, Espresso will let you code them fast. Thanks to its powerful smart snippets, contextual completions, and Zen actions. The updates or changes you implement in your code can also be viewed in real time with its live styling feature, along with that you can also visualize and inspect the layouts with its powerful X-ray feature. In addition to this, the implemented changes can also be transferred on to live server by using the Quick Publish or Sync.

  6. TextMate

    TextMate text editor Textmate is an exclusive and innovative text editor for Macintosh. Its license only cost €39 or $54 per user. However, multiple licenses can also be bought at reasonable prices. It offers plenty of features that generally developers miss-out in other code editors such as column selection and column typing. Apart from this, Textmate supports Preforce, SVK, Darcs, and Subversion, along with 50+ languages. It also works as an external editor for (s)ftp programs.

  7. Codeita

    Codeita text editor Developing websites and web applications with Codeita is fun and doesn’t cost anything, as it’s a cloud based free text editor that can be downloaded and installed on a server. Additionally, it allows developers to work and create, edit and deploy web projects collectively in a social environment. Codeita users can manage their codes, files and databases from a single and easy to use browser based dashboard, and along with that they can also share their work with other team members (if any).

  8. iCecoder

    iCecoder text editor Do you love making websites with a modern approach? If yes, then iCecoder would prove to be your perfect choice. That’s because it allows developers to code right within the web browser, no matter if they are online or offline. It’s an open source browser code editor that makes web development a real easy task to complete. Moreover, it can also be tweaked and customized pretty easily. In terms of features, it has got a broken tag indicator, nest display & selection, and type boosters.

  9. Notepad++

    Notepad   text editor Notepad++ is one of the most popular modern text editors in today’s time. It’s an open source code editor that strikes a resemblance with Notepad (a simple text editor that comes pre-installed in Microsoft Windows), but only in terms of name. Though it has been made specifically to work on Windows, but Mac, Linux, Unix, and BSD users can also use it with the help of WineHQ. The Notepad++ comes up with many eye-catching features such as drag and drop, synchronized scrolling, tabbed and split screen editing, spell checker, zooming, etc. Moreover, the users can also customize it according to their needs. The best thing about Notepad++ is that it can be downloaded anytime for free.

  10. NoteTab

    NoteTab text editor NoteTab is a modern code or text editor that costs only $39.95 per license. However, it also has a light version named as NoteTab Light, that can be downloaded for free. It has a sleek and intuitive interface, and has many unique and powerful features such as; support for twitter bootstrap toolkit, text statistics for SEO, where it automatically ignores the HTML code, and lets you keep your text within the SEO limits. NoteTab’s premium version can also be tried for 30 days to get to know it better.


The text editors compared

Text Editor

Platform Support

Paid

Free

SlickEdit

Windows/Macintosh

Yes

No

Brackets

Windows/Macintosh/Linux

No

Yes

Sublime Text

Windows/Macintosh/Linux

Yes

Yes

PSPad

Windows

No

Yes

Espresso

Windows/Macintosh

Yes

No

Textmate

Macintosh

Yes

No

Codeita

Windows/Macintosh/Linux

No

Yes

iCecoder

Windows/Macintosh/Linux

No

Yes

Notepad++

Windows/Macintosh/Linux (with WineHQ)

No

Yes

NoteTab

Windows

Yes

Yes

About the author
Charu Garg is a professional web programmer. She is passionate about writing on web design and development and like to keep herself updated on the latest trends. She also owns SeoSemanticXHTML, a leading company that provides high quality PSD to Wordpress Conversion Service. You can follow her on Twitter.

15 comments to "10 Most Fascinating Text Editors For Web Developers"

Agence de communication September 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM    

the ideas of writing code or website can make us know more about how the bloggers deal with their work ... they can represent to the reader a great ideas that can make them so informed all the time....by the way when i read this article i find so many ideas that can going hand in hand to make me feel the bloggers work..

kates oliverio September 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM    

thank for the info sir. keep up the good job

Ghost Rider September 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM    

Great tutorial. These editor's save our lots of time.I have been looking for these a while.Thanks for sharing. Wating for more posts. Keep it up

Rizkyzone.com September 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM    

of all the tools mentioned above I've never tried Sublime Text and Notepat + else + if not, I am also curious for trying and comparing it with the tools I have tried

Ajith Prasad Edassery September 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM    

It's Notepad++ all the way for me for many years now regardless of the language/technology (except when I am forced use IDEs like Eclipse or VS .NET)

dynaboot.com September 25, 2013 at 9:51 PM    

Thank you! I was searching for this info

Marty September 25, 2013 at 9:55 PM    

Notepad++ has always been an old reliable for me. Simple, easy to use and lots of features that make things a lot faster. Nice list of editors for any coder.

Vallance @ Oil jobs UK September 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM    

I use Notepad++ and PSPad for text editing. Others are quite new to me. Thanks for the information.

Blog911 September 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM    

I also use Notepad++ since it is free and the most basic.. if you already used it in long time you'll be able to maximize its usefulness even it is free.

Neeraj Mishra September 27, 2013 at 5:29 AM    

I mainly use notepad++ for doing my programming. Thanks for sharing this awesome article.

Yogiraj mishra September 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM    

nice one ! I was only using notepad ++ now will try all other free one!

blogger lelaki October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM    

i also just using notepad++..easy to use and simple

Garden office buildings October 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM    

I am familiar with Notepad++ and it is very easy to use. Thanks for your list. I will try other text editors as well.

Cartomanzia October 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM    

I've always used notepad++ because it is powerful and extremely light

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