Notepad++

Posted on Mar 18 2012 - 11:48pm by Christopher

Summary 

Product Name      :  Notepad++ (Version 5.9.8)

Developer              :  Don Ho

OS Support             :  Windows 7/Vista/XP

Released on           : Version 5.9.8 January 5, 2012

Key Features        : Multi Language Source Code editing, Text Editor, Tabs, Recording

License                   : GNU GPL – Free Software!

Full Review 

Notepad++ is a windows based text editor and source code editor. It is a target for programmers, who prefer not to use the premium software for programming. Notepad++ is also a better replacement for the traditional Notepad. Though it is similar to many other products in this category, Notepad++ is still the preferred one among the developers. It is handy, flexible and simple. Notepad++ supports over 50 programming , markup and scripting languages. It supports programming languages like C, C++,  Java, Objective C, Visual Basic, MatLab, Shell, SQL, Python, LISP and more. It has added support for scripting languages like Actionscript, JavaScript, PHP, PostScript, JSP and so on. Markup languages such as HTML, XML, CSS, YAML are supported.

Why many programmers and beginners prefer Notepad++ over the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is that IDEs generate code automatically that they do not learn much from it. Whereas in Notepad++ provides a good environment that programmers prefer. Notepad++ is much colorful unlike the Notepad which comes with Windows OS.

Notepad++ allows the users to change the text color and background color so that they can code without straining much. You can configure your colors at the Settings>>Style Configurator . Select the suitable theme. If nothing matches you, customize your own theme there itself. You can choose also the font and the font-size to match the colors.

Recording options in Notepad++

Notepad++ allows you to record what you type on the window and it allows you to play it back. This helps the tutorial makers, who need not go for a separate screen recording software for this purpose. It is available in the menu bar.

Notepad++ integrates a spell checker with itself. It is useful for using it as a normal text editor or while you are typing the content in a HTML file.

The software allows you to expand its default functionality with the help of the plugins. If you want to add a plugin to the stand-alone Notepad++ , click Settings>>Import>>Import Plugin(s) , to import the plugin. Make sure that the plugin is in the format (.dll)

The program allows multi tabbed usage. You can work with multiple files at a time. Also, the application intends the source code that helps you to increase the readability of the program. It shows the color variations of syntaxes and text, thereby enhances the quality and look of the source code.

Here is the sample PHP source code when it is opened in Notepad++. The theme used is ‘Zenburn’, because I like this black and white combination for the text.
Sample PHP coding in Notepad++

Logo of Notepad++ Image Courtesy: Wikipedia

Bottom Line
Notepad++, though simple, it is a wonderful tool for the programmers and developers.

Ideal for Programmers

[xrr rating=4/5]

One Liner Simple, Flexible and wonderful Free software!

Download Link for Notepad++ 5.9.8 [ 5.4MB ]

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I am the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of SparkWiz.com. I love computers a lot and I spend most of my time meddling with them. I love to write about Technology, Computers and Stuff. Find more about me in Chrisss.me

8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Joe Steeve March 26, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    “Freeware” and “Free Software” are two different things. Software that are licensed with the GNU GPL are “Free Software” and not “Freeware”.

    • Christopher March 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the Clarification Joe! I’ve fixed it in the post.

  2. Pink Rose April 2, 2012 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Notepad++ a Freeware software with more flexibility. It will be more flexible with the plug in Snippets. It doesn’t show any tools bar. You Just be able to use HTML Strict, XHTML Transitional, CSS tags etc.
    http://www.techyv.com/questions/how-use-snippets-notepad

    • Christopher April 3, 2012 at 7:17 am - Reply

      Ya…It is a good editor for HTML.
      Thanks for the comments

  3. Maick Eropiana April 2, 2012 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Notepad++, advanced version of Notepad. It comes with more and more plug-ins. Snippets, one of Notepad++ plug-ins. With this you will be able to use html, Xhtml, CSS tags through notepad.

    http://www.techyv.com/questions/how-use-snippets-notepad

  4. Maick Eropiana April 2, 2012 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Notepad++, advanced version of Notepad. It comes with more and more plug-ins. Snippets, one of Notepad++ plug-ins. With this you will be able to use html, Xhtml, CSS tags through notepad.

    http://www.techyv.com/questions/how-use-snippets-notepad

    • Christopher Joseph April 3, 2012 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Plug-ins enhances the funtionality of Notepad++. Thanks for the viewership and comments.

    • Christopher Joseph April 3, 2012 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Plug-ins enhances the funtionality of Notepad++. Thanks for the viewership and comments.

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