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Discussion on: How to take smart notes (as a developer)

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Marcus

Thanks for describing the Zettelkasten principle, I will check it out again.

My note taking process is inspired by plaintext productivity (plaintext-productivity.net/3-00-fi...) - because I love the idea of just the filesystem, plain text files (incl. markdown) and portability, but there are some limitations I can't overcome.

I'm still searching for a Markdown editor, that allows me my own folder structure, indexes files for search and lets me paste images/attachments into a document (with a dedicated folder to that markdown file).

I come close with that setup using sublime text and some markdown extensions in addition to packagecontrol.io/packages/ImagePaste package. Sublime Text indexes all the notes and I can navigate files quickly. But something makes it not as fun to write in Sublime Text (I love coding in ST tough). And it's hard to link notes.

After trying out Joplin and Boostnotes, I have some hopes for notable.md/ but even if I'm free to edit my notes with whatever app (on a phone e.g), Notable forces me to have a flat file structure, when I import existing notes. That's a bit of a bummer.

I checked out notion but as promising as it looks, I feel like this is another vendor look-in (remember Evernote and when they changed their plan?) and filesystem based Dropbox/nextcloud synced plain text/markdown notes with contextualized attachments looks like the holy grail to me. Open, individual, rich (export HTML/PDF with pandoc etc).

Maybe at the end it's how disciplined one is, in writing/tagging their notes. That's maybe where the Zettelkasten principle helps :)

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Marcus

Looks like zettlr.com/ is keeping the file structure alive and much more