Text editors for programmers, codes, developers are much like religion. There is no one size fits all. Such editors range in price from free to damned expensive considering they all do much the same thing.
My favorite is BBEdit on the Mac, but I have a collection of text editors, and some for Windows and Linux. What’s the most popular or the best text editor for Mac or Windows? It depends upon whom you ask.
For many years the penultimate text editor for Windows was UltraEdit; if anything, for the extensive list of features and the price tag. On Windows, more is better; usability be damned. Today, in the 21st century, UltraEdit runs on Mac and Linux flavors, too. I haven’t bothered to count all the features to compare the list with other editors because once you reach a certain point nobody can remember them all or use them all anyway.
UltraEdit is packed with features; perhaps beyond any other Mac text editor.
Looks impressive, no?
Indeed, UltraEdit’s list of features appears to untouched by competitors. Just look at the list of superlatives the app’s developers bestow upon their creation.
UltraEdit is the world’s de facto standard text editor.
No, it’s not. There is no de facto standard. There are many, many text editors, and as standards go, some lists do not even include UltraEdit, Vi and Vim, notwithstanding.
UltraEdit shows up on some lists, but at $100 it’s not likely to be the standard or the most popular.
Used as the go-to editor by programmers, professional developers, researchers, bloggers, web developers, IT professionals and everyone in between!
It may be a go-to editor for some among the crowd, but it’s not the go-to editor for everyone in between.
That said, there is much to like in UltraEdit because it has, in one package, many of the features that would require two, three, or more text editors.
- Syntax highlighting? Check.
- Editor themes? Duh.
- Integrated sFTP? Of course.
- Find and Replace. Natch.
- Project Explorer. Uh huh.
- SSH, Macros, Hex, Oh My!
UltraEdit claims more than 400 additional features, and I stopped counting at a few dozen that seem to show up on all my favorites. If features count, and that’s the standard for almost everything on Windows– more features, then UltraEdit might be the ultimate.
Might. We’re not likely to find out and I don’t trust promotional copy to tell me.
From my perspective, coding tools are much like religion and politics. It’s a smorgasbord out there. Choose what works for you.