Saturday, June 4, 2011

Why I code in notepad


I remember how I detested programming back in school – I still do – sometimes. It therefore seemed like a BIG irony, when my friends realized a new (hidden) passion I possessed.
Ever since I became interested in web programming, I have always loved to code in notepad (any variant). Why? I don’t know. I just do.
I personally love to design web pages/applications from scratch – you may call it ‘reinventing-the-wheel’ – which is not so cool, but fulfilling in the end. ;-)
Coding in notepad gives me total control over my code, thus affording me the comfort of debugging software at the testing stage of development.
I am not in any way downplaying the usefulness of tools such as Dreamweaver and Photoshop. These come in handy when you are running against a tight schedule – yeah yeah. Don’t forget however the need to acquaint yourself with the interfaces of such tools (which can be irking at times).
The basic notepad that comes with Windows is not so fun to work with because it lacks colour features. Other variants of notepad, however, have advanced features that make them a joy to work with – and they are FREE: notepad++, programmer's notepad, conTEXT.

2 comments:

  1. onukpa great to know u use notepad for ur web design. but recently the dynamism of web design u need to use other advanced technology in web deisgn to get there. you can try joomla. very good web tool

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  2. Anon, I can't agree more with you. I am only stating an obssession I can't understand myself.
    Of course complex applications/programmes would require many LOC and therefore the notepad might not really help -- especially if you need automatic updating of links and the like.
    But I love it all the same. Notepad coding rocks.

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