This would be a poll but I not familar with most of the editors. So I am asking the question in the newbie form instead. Which editor do you think is best and which (besides notepad and wordpad) is the best for the dollar, for ASP/jScript/HTML/etc code writing. I am trying to avoid the ones like front page that write the code from a graphic presentation, more towards something like primalscript.
Notepad gets my vote.
Once had an advanced version (Notepad2000?) which was good, but usually stick with good 'ole notepad.
Jext is the text editor I currently use.
It has features such as tabbed workspaces, syntax highlighting for many languages such as php, line numbering and is FREE.
There are a couple of quirks that I haven't worked out how to fix or turn off but overall it get a thumbs up from me.
There's many others such as jEdit another java based text editor.
It really depends on the features you are looking for.
Three pretty powerful general purpose editors for Windows are: EditPlus, TextPad and NoteTab. At first glance they're just like Notepad, but with features. You'll probably never fully use all the features that any one of them offers, if that gives you any idea.
I use EditPlus for all my work now but before I got it, it was all in Wordpad
I'm a Mac guy, so naturally I love BBEdit.
But, on the Windows side, I've used UltraEdit, and absolutely loved it. I'm not sure how much it costs(?), but I've used it in various labs here on campus for Java code, and it worked great.
Macromedia HomeSite is also pretty good, I have no idea if they still make it, but I used it a few years ago on the Windows platform, and it was pretty quick.
I would definitely use Jext, but Java on MacOS X is still really slow (no matter what Apple execs say), so I'm trying to stay away from pure Java apps. I mean I know Java pretty well, and I never use it simply because its slow on the Mac OS X.
I just wish someone would write a fast, completely Cocoa, syntax-highlighting based on XML defined file, text-editor with better built-in support for advanced CSS styles and validation, and I would buy it.
There are so many good editors out there, but I seem to end up back at Notepad regardless. That said, my editor of choice at present is WinVI, assuming I've remembered to install it after my last OS reinstall.
I like Notepad. Some friends convinced my to try UltraEdit. I downloaded it, tried it out, and it looks good -- I see why people like it; but I still prefer Notepad. All I'm doing is typing anyway, with a little copy/paste now and then, so Notepad does all I need. Except once I needed search/replace features so I used UltraEdit for that.
I've never before encountered Amaya - will download it and give it a try...
W3C do position Amaya as a vehicle for demonstrating new web technologies, and it does have that kind of feel to it... the interface is a little clunky and haphazardly arranged. I don't think I'll be using it as an editor in future, but don't let my superficial concerns stop you giving it a try
I use homesite+ and rate it much more than textpad or editplus.