IDE or Notepad?

Whats your preference?

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#1 RodgerB  Icon User is offline

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IDE or Notepad?

Post icon  Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:31 PM

Well I know a lot of people would prefer using an IDE over notepad anyday, but I know people like Amadeus <3 their gcc compilers, so I was wondering, how many of you actually program in a simple text editor? Also, what is your most used IDE if any? Discuss.

EDIT: Oppsidoodles. This forum is probably better suited, thanks PennyBoki. :)

This post has been edited by skyhawk133: 30 January 2008 - 11:10 AM


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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:08 PM

For me it depends on the language. Javascript, vbscript, php, asp and java are in textpad... .NET languages / C++ are in visual studio.
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:15 PM

I use notepad++ for my javascript, php and html and sharpdevelop for visual basic and DevC++ for C++ programs.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:22 PM

Depending on how I'm feeling, I switch off between vim and Visual Studio. If I just want to hack something small together, or if I'm just looking over someone else's code from a small project, then vim. If I'm intending to sit down for several hours and code, then I prefer Visual Studio.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:51 PM

Notepad or vi are little low level as simple text editors; I really want a little syntax hightlighting. Most times, that really all you need.

For scripting, which includes vbscript, javascript, html, css, perl, sql, python, etc, I'll use scite. I have the settings the way I like and it works the same for Linux and Windows. For Java or C++, I'll still start in scite and then paste them into an ide ( NetBeans ), and often alternate back and forth.

For anything .NET, it's best to just live in visual studio and be done with it.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:06 PM

I am using SciTe.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:15 PM

I use notepad (well, GNU Emacs, but it's similar in that it's not really an IDE) for scripting and html.

For C or Java or PHP though, I like to go with an IDE so I can use the autocomplete function (faster than looking at the docs, for simple things like which parameters to use in a standard-library function).
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:28 PM

For HTML, Javascript and the like I use either Notepad++ of EditPlus (sometimes Dream Weaver if I want some DHTML or Flash integration), for C#, VB.Net, Visual C++ Ill work in either Visual Studio 2003/2005/2008 (depending on the version of the .Net Framework I'm working in), for ASP.Net and classic ASP I also use Visual Studio (Version 6.0 for classic ASP).

When working with MSSQL I use Query Analyzer, I never use Enterprise Manager, I guess this is personal preference as I started with MSSQL when it was command line/Query Analyzer, not GUI for creating crap.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:16 PM

View Postbaavgai, on 29 Jan, 2008 - 08:51 PM, said:

Notepad or vi are little low level as simple text editors; I really want a little syntax hightlighting. Most times, that really all you need.

For scripting, which includes vbscript, javascript, html, css, perl, sql, python, etc, I'll use scite. I have the settings the way I like and it works the same for Linux and Windows. For Java or C++, I'll still start in scite and then paste them into an ide ( NetBeans ), and often alternate back and forth.

For anything .NET, it's best to just live in visual studio and be done with it.


My vim highlights just fine. And indents how I like it too.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 30 January 2008 - 01:14 AM

For Javascript, LUA, PHP, HTML and BBCode (for writing long tutorials), I choose Notepad++ because I love its simplistic interface and its stable and feature rich abilities.

Up until today I have been using Visual Studio 2005 for C# and VB.NET, but found an almost carbon copy called SharpDevelop, which I am using as a PortableApp because its only a 30mb install, and its open source ;) .

For C++ and ASP.NET, I generally use VS as I don't code in them often. Java I use JCreator (as WolfCoder refered it to me) and it has lots of cool features and is lightweight.

I have to admit, I am a big fan of Intellisence, as it is not only a useful reference, but it is a subconsious spell checker when you are so used to seeing it. But as baavgai was mentioning, Syntax Highlighting really makes up an IDE. Notepad makes things a pain in the ass for me, as it is all one color, and I believe I memorize things better when I see some sort of visual difference between different parts of code.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 30 January 2008 - 02:21 AM

I usually work exclusively in Perl, PHP and Ruby so most of my task is done using a simple text editor which has some development features like syntax highlighting. This turns out to be EditPlus on Win32 and Vim/gEdit on Linux.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 30 January 2008 - 05:35 AM

View PostMorphiusFaydal, on 29 Jan, 2008 - 11:16 PM, said:

View Postbaavgai, on 29 Jan, 2008 - 08:51 PM, said:

Notepad or vi are little low level as simple text editors; I really want a little syntax hightlighting.


My vim highlights just fine. And indents how I like it too.


VI ain't VIM :P VI is to VIM as Notepad is to textpad, notepad++, scite, etc. I can use the evil little dinosaur well enough, but I'm rather fond of my controls keys and wouldn't prefer the thing fulltime.

At the risk of serious flames, I never got into emacs at all. ;)
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 30 January 2008 - 06:19 AM

If it's a Windows program, I'm using the Crimson Editor...
If it's a Linux program, I'm using vi.
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 30 January 2008 - 06:26 AM

It depends on the complexity and the architecture of the project.
For small ones, like most of the questions on DIC, notepad is enough.
However for one of the projects I am working on right now that has over 600 classes, some of them not even remotely documented, an IDE is a must (call hierarchy, reformat, refactor, all the goodies are a must).
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Re: IDE or Notepad?

Posted 30 January 2008 - 10:26 AM

For web development I use a program called Notepad2 which features syntax highlighting for dozens of different languages (and then some). Otherwise I'd likely be using Visual Studio's IDE. I'll look into some of the programs the others mentioned. I recommend you guys check out Notepad2, as well.
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