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What is a good text editor for developing code on?

I'm getting into programming, and am wanting to find a good substitution to Notepad++, are there any good ones?

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Your questions seems very similar to What is a good text editor for developing code on? Plus you'll find a ton of answers there :) –  nitstorm Jul 11 '12 at 5:35
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Try sublime text 2. It's awesome.

http://www.sublimetext.com/2

They have ubuntu packages and everything.

And if you want something more powerfull, try Eclipse or Netbeans

Both can be installed through Software Center.

One more: Geany

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Thank you for the help, Lnx. I'll be sure to install those three as soon as I'm done reinstalling 11.10 (I really dislike 12.04 :( ) –  Christopher Jul 11 '12 at 2:05
    
By the way i found also this: grigio.org/pimp_my_gedit_was_textmate_linux It makes gedit more powerfull :) –  LnxSlck Jul 11 '12 at 2:05
    
If you really really want Notepad++ it can be installed through Wine. Touhgh i recomend you try some of the above. –  LnxSlck Jul 11 '12 at 2:09
    
Just to point out, ST2 doesn't have Ubuntu packages, it's just an executable that runs on Linux. You can add a PPA though, as described here. –  DisgruntledGoat Jul 30 '12 at 10:42
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Geany is worth a look. It is in the standard repository. Make sure to install the available plug-ins.

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You don't have to replace Notepad++. You can run Notepad++ under wine. http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=2983

The command to install Wine in Ubuntu is:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.5

If you encounter some problems, you may seek support in Wine Users Forum: http://forum.winehq.org/viewforum.php?f=2

Good luck!

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This has been a small problem for me to find AN EXACT match. The best you will come out with that offers even a couple of more advantages are (In order of NOTEPAD++ness..):

BLUEFISH - This is basically the brother of notepad++. Most features of notepad++ are here and more. Many, MANY more.

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It has features like:

  • HTML5 Support
  • Format detection for MANY extensions
  • Advanced (Regex) Find and Replace that can also go over multiple files at once
  • Friendly web programming interface
  • Many stuff found also on Notepad++

GEDIT

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Simple, yet has many features that help you program better (And see the code better):

  • Theme Support (For those rough nights when coding)
  • Language Detection (Many like Notepad++)
  • User Friendly
  • Several Plugins available

Note: In the case of KDE there is KATE which is like the sister of Gedit.

Then there are a couple of big IDEs that also help like:

Anjuta - GTK Based IDE
QT - The one used for many tools like KDE, Skype and others
Geany - Small IDE with many features.
CodeBlocks - Same as Geany but a little easier with some stuff, little tricky with other.
Eclipse - Another good IDE
NetBeans - I like to think of it as the Brother of Eclipse in some cases. Aptana - The BIG brother for some cases. Full featured crazy looking IDE with so many options you will go crazy with it. I know I am ^^.

I mention this last ones just in case but after you start using bluefish I am guessing you will stop reading the rest of my post. In some cases even GEdit will help. Now if you want something that is similar to Notepad++ and also uses the same code base then Scintilla is the one:

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Looks in many ways to notepad++, but for me it just feels like it is missing something that is why I mentioned bluefish which gave me the same feeling that notepad++ did on Windows when I used Windows back in the days.

NOW for the last option: Wine

Yeap!. You can install Notepad++ on Wine and emulate that program from there. It will even appear when using the "Open With" option for several file types.

So there you have it, you have a couple of neat options and even the option to use notepad++ with wine. Hope it helps.

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I quite enjoy "Kate", a KDE-based text editor with text coloring and highlighting, indenting, directory view, even an inline terminal and the ability to pipe a file to a terminal.

Kate-Editor.org

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Geany (http://www.geany.org/) is awesome for general text editing and coding - just like Notepad++.

Install Geany from standard repo or for a more up to date version (recommended) use the PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:geany-dev/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install geany geany-plugins

The start Geany and go to plugin manager. Activate at least the "Addons" plugin - it offers the same functionality as Notepad++, when you double-click a word it highlights all the words in the document.

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Wondering why this was downvoted? Someone didn't like Geany? :D –  jaywink Apr 22 '13 at 19:45
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