Notepad++: Its and IDE

Most of my friends know me as a person advocating for Linux and FOSS . But most of them get surpurised to see me using Vista half the time. There are few reason I have for that, but this post is not about that.

While I’m on Linux I really enjoy the text editors such as Kate and gedit , (I’m not a big fan of vi and vim ). But when it comes to Windows I missed them with the default Notepad. Then only I found Notepad++ . A cool feature to Notepad++ that was available not in the Windows Notepad is a spell checker feature. This feature is not automatically installed with the initial installation of Notepad++, but we just have to install GNU Aspell , a pre-compiled dictionary. Once you download and install the latest version of Aspell, and a dictionary from for your language of choice (English in my case), from the GNU ASpell site you are ready to use this is a cool feature, and this helps me a lot for sure.

Notepad++ also has many more plug-ins, which make it more like a full fledged IDE, specially FTP browser, Syntax highlighting, Auto-completion and others will help any developer have a great time coding. Here are some of the features it offers with the default install of Notepad++:

  • Syntax highlighting (and brace and indent highlighting)
  • Regular expression find and replace
  • Split screen editing
  • Zooming
  • Spell checker (built in but requires Aspell)
  • Tabbed document interface
  • FTP Browser (plug-in included in standard installation)
  • Support for various file formats including Unicode.
  • File Status Auto-detection
  • Zoom in and zoom out
  • Auto-completion (language and file)
Notepad++ is available only for the Microsoft Windows operating system. However, users can still get Notepad++ to work on other platforms, like Linux and Mac OS X, using software such as Wine .

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