Which is the best editor for C code etc?

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    Which is the best editor for C code etc?

    Currently I am using Notepad++ which is OK but it only lets you split the screen vertically into two windows which is insufficent on occasioins.
    Ideally I would like as many windows as possible, all resizeable and moveable etc.
    I did write one to do that a while back but only for a unix text terminal, might still have the code lying around somewhere! So if I can't find anything better I might have to try and get
    it to work on windows <gulp>

    I am not using an IDE just dgcpp or whatever, I guess I could use a free IDE for editing and then compile normally. I am sure there is a really good one out there but i have not found it yet!!

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    The Windows folks around my office all seem to like VEDIT.

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    I use VC++.
    If they're UNIX files, I just connect to it with Samba and still use VC++.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    The Windows folks around my office all seem to like VEDIT.

    Got to be free though

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjust View Post
    I use VC++.
    If they're UNIX files, I just connect to it with Samba and still use VC++.
    Don't think that one is free either!!
    I should have said free in my first post!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by esbo View Post
    Don't think that one is free either!!
    I should have said free in my first post!!
    Of course it's free.
    Here's the 2005 express edition: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/express/aa700735.aspx

    and here are the 2008 express versions: http://www.microsoft.com/express/default.aspx

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    vi has auto-indent and syntax coloring, now that it's gvim.

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    I quite like Notepad++ if I can forgive only having 2 windows, another little nuisance is that it always opens the same files you had opened before, whereas the one wot I wrote saved a different file configuration for each folder you opened it in, which was really useful.

    It could also do a vertical cut and paste which was really good!! So you could cut out a column, or a few columns and paste then into a different window
    Try doing that with a 'modern' editor!!

    It also did keyboard macros.
    It did not do where you can find the appropiate closing bracket to an opening bracket as notpad++ can, but I guess that would not have been too hard to put in

    Another useful feature of notepad was it would detect if a file had changed and ask if you wanted to reload it.

    I could also run unix commands in my windows and have the output pop up in a different window - nice

    And lots of other useful stuff!!

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    For me Visual C++ 2005 express edition and gcc in cygwin is quite good.

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    Visual Studio can do all you asked for and more.
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    What about the various free IDE's such as code::blocks ?
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    The jEdit editor is my preferred code editor for all languages.

    And yes, it has rectangular selection
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    I chose TextPad over Notepad++, so you might want to give that one a shot too.
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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    I think that some of your criticism of Notepad++ is unfounded.

    another little nuisance is that it always opens the same files you had opened before
    This can be changed in the settings (uncheck "Remember the current session for next launch" in Preferences -> MISC), but...

    saved a different file configuration for each folder you opened it in
    ... unfortunately there does not seem to be such an option for per-directory sessions.

    It could also do a vertical cut and paste which was really good!! So you could cut out a column, or a few columns and paste then into a different window
    Try doing that with a 'modern' editor!!
    Notepad++ can indeed do column-wise selection. Press the ALT key while selecting the text.

    It also did keyboard macros.
    This is also supported by Notepad++.

    Another useful feature of notepad was it would detect if a file had changed and ask if you wanted to reload it.
    This is also supported by Notepad++.

    That said, I suggest that you try out other text editors and IDEs to find out which suits you best. It may well turn out that you would like a particular IDE for C and C++ development but wish to use a text editor instead for a general purpose text editing tool, and this could just be what you started out with, i.e., Notepad++. Or perhaps you truly are inspired to write yet another text editor
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    Quote Originally Posted by tabstop View Post
    vi has auto-indent and syntax coloring, now that it's gvim.

    [/me runs very very very far away]
    I will have a look at that vi had somevery powerful command and was
    easy to use once you got used to it, I liked the uses of <escape> to switch
    modes and most of the commands were single letter, minimum keystrokes
    anyway, I copied that style for mine, but I only had pretty basic comands really.
    Of course you didn't usually have a mouse with vi, but then you didn't really need
    one.

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