I’m Using Notepad++

Again

UPDATE! I’ve started using Atom (thanks to Oliver Dunk for reminding me about it), enjoy it a ton with the remote-edit package. I’ll have a follow-up post with more thoughts :P

Maybe I’m just crazy. Or maybe there are some things I just really need my development area to do. Because of my job as CTO of a YouTube Network, I need to do a lot of work on the website, which means I need real-time access to it. I have a locally hosted server using XAMPP, but it’s not enough — for example, when I have subdirectories, or a .htaccess rule, I have to do this

<link href=”/projectname/css/bootstrap.min.css” rel=”stylesheet”>

which is obviously incorrect when deploying it to a real server.

Maybe I should explain a bit more — for the past few months, I’ve been sticking with Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s entry into the text-editor-that-also-has-syntax-highlighting-and-other-IDE-stuff area (or as I sometimes call it, simple IDEs). It’s not bad, but for things like plugin support, it simply isn’t there.

So why Notepad++? A piece of software that looks like it’s from the 80s?

Well, for one, NppFTP. A small plugin that allows me to edit and upload file in basically real-time on a server. I’ve been using it for about 20 minutes and it’s already super useful. Second, oodles of customization. I’m just getting back into it, but I already like it (the top bar is still ugly though).

Seriously what do half these buttons do

As soon as vsCode adds FTP support, I’ll probably immediately switch back to it. I love the aesthetic, and the autocomplete is decent. But for the time being, I’m sticking with Notepad++.

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