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Discussion on: How I chose my Code Editor

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James Moberg

I started out using Nick Bradbury's Homesite in 1995 (which was later acquired by Allaire, Macromedia and Adobe Systems.) It was last updated in 2003 and I used it until a couple months ago due to lack of Win10 support and outdated HTML support.

I also use NotePad++ and have evaluated Sublime, Atom, Eclipse, Brackets and Code. Many of them require you to create a "project" prior to editing any files... or you can't even type into an editor without first saving a file. Many editors also lacked flexible FTP access that I had grown accustomed to in Homesite.

I've since switched over to UltraEdit and I really like it. It's extremely customizable and I've been able to remap many hotkeys that I've grown accustomed to over the years, so I didn't have to fully reeducate myself to learn new key combinations. It's also portable which enables me to take a copy of my configured editor with me on-the-go.