Text editors are like religion to a coder, programmer, or developer. Everyone has one, but some of us have many. Hey, we’d rather not miss out on the afterlife due to the technicality of picking the wrong editor. Here’s one that’s free, good, and competitive.
Edit. Plain. Text.
One of the more popular free text editors for the Mac– free as in an app with a GUI that’s also not named Vi, Vim, Emacs, Pico, or Nano– is TextWrangler; a longtime favorite.
CotEditor has most of the basics and that makes it a good editor for programming newbies who are more interested in productivity than workflow and feature lists.
You’ll get standard syntax highlight for dozens of pre-installed languages ranging from HTML and PHP to Python and Ruby to Markdown, each customizable. Built in to CotEditor is find and replace using regular expressions.
Not only is CotEditor friendly it’s fast to open, saving is automatic, and there are plenty of character tools to add to your workflow; an outline menu, a character inspector, and color tools.
There’s a lot to like here as CotEditor seems to balance basic needs with speed and ease of use, but I have to consider it more of an entry-level text editor. It’s less daunting than TextWrangler, a longtime favorite, or Peppermint, which comes with more functionality and a modest price tag.