I've spent years building a stack that is as cross platform as humanly possible due to the nature of my work, def feel your pain on 1:1. Some alternatives for your consideration:
Conemu (mux and window manager)
Wox (lame Alfred)
Typora (newish, but I've liked it, prefer it for docs as it gets out of my way)
Vscode has continuously improving java support (and dozens of other languages) and starts fast for an electron app if you don't load it down with plugins. Good for small changes and quick inspection, as well as a better editor for most things. Also has a --wait flag for use with git and similar.
sublime is handsdown the best large file processor for Windows. It's the only tool I've found that will easily regex modify multiGB files on Windows (aside from grep|sed+awk, but ymmv on that wish wsl, as you've probably seen)
And as slow as it is, powershell can be made to feel a little more like zsh with a little wrenching. There's even a better package manager for it. In some use cases, I think it exceeds some of the Linux tools (curls better than curl in many cases, useful for scripted testing on the cheap) gist.github.com/jchandra74/5b0c943...
And for what it's worth, cross compiling golang to windows is easy and functionally consistent. Roughly python, but better perf, and single file executables.
What are good alternatives to write many notes and snippets in markdown for Windows ?
Typora is good for generic notes, snippets. Also has built-in latex, mermaid, chartjs support
Vscode now has ootb support for markdown rendering
sublime is capable at this task with some configuration
Caret is an honorable mention, but isn't free.
Yes, I'm using Typora actually on Windows. It's closest in features to iA Writer for Mac. And I like the built-in code syntax highlighting. Neat feature. I will look into your other recommendations soon. Thanks!
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