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    Suggestions For Code Editing Application?

    I currently use Notepad++ for HTML & CSS editing. I dumped Dreamweaver after learning to code by hand, though I still have a registered copy of the Macromedia version on disc...

    The only thing I miss about Dreamweaver, is it's ability to auto-update links and anchors in other documents when making changes in one document - without even needing to open them. With my current project, I'm finding the manual updating a little heavy-going and I feel there must be an application out there which can help me with this process.

    My question: Should I go back and re-install Dreamweaver, this time using it in code view - or does anyone know of a better software solution I could try out?

    I've looked up a few free titles on the www. but it seems hard to find something with this specific feature just by searching... Notepad++ is great but apart from the find/replace function, it doesn't seem to do exactly what I want. Unless I'm missing something...?

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    Haha this must be a continuation of the other thread. So yeah, i hate wysiwyg editors. Partly because they are so compact and difficult to manuvear.

    I use pnotepad. For all these light-weight editors they come equipped with some useful tools. should be in tools --> options --> visual help or something of the like. Your not going to find a free editor or any light-weight program that changes links automatically! I say it's not a big deal when you take into account the simplicity of a nice light weight notepad!

    I'd say the majority of users use notepad++ but I find pnotepad to be an even lighter editor
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    Sammy, this is something different. I hate WYSIWYG editing also, because the software actually never does what it says on the tin and it leads new web designers into bad habits.

    During my search, I found something called PSPad Editor. It says in the product details that it features 'project management', so I am wondering if this amounts to the same thing that Dreamweaver is capable of.

    I used to use Notepad++ before but I have downloaded a newer version and... where has the file browser gone?! It seems to have depleted in features since I last used it, not improved! So naturally, with so many better-featured editors out there, I'm looking for a change...
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    looks like a pretty good editor. looks pretty heavy though.

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    Is there something you need that Dreamweaver doesn't do? Since you've already paid for the product, why not use it?

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    Good point, Tracknut. Only, the reason I didn't want to go back to it is, it's very heavy and tends to write a lot of unecessary JS bloat into each new HTML document, which I don't need. I'm also not sure where I am with it, when it comes to working with stylesheets.

    That's why I figured I could do better with a non-WYSIWYG code editor.

    To be honest, I seem to have forgotten more about DW than I have learned with CSS (which can only be a plus). One thing that did occur to me, was that I could use it for preliminary designing; using position absolute to work out concepts, before coding up 'properly'.

    Or, maybe I could just use it to enter HTML and consolidate links - then work on my stylesheet in Notepad...
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    I would give it another shot. I haven't used it myself, but I would doubt it adds a whole pile of JS if you're writing in coding mode, and most certainly you can edit css with it too. I could well be "heavy" - I'll give you that one!

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    I despise WYSIWYG editors, mainly dreamweaver, becuase, although easy to use, when troubleshooting code, the auto-generated code from dreamweaver (provided you use auto-generation), is horribly unstructure and incomhrensible very often.

    I personally use notepad++

    Coding using simple text editors requires you actually learn the language properly rather than people that learn from scratch with dreamweaver and often don't learn many key things about coding becuase they are done for you.

    If you have paid for dreamweaver, then by all means use it. But I would recommend using it with a curious mind, in the regard, that when any code is generated for you, be sure to read it, and ensure you understand it before continuing

    In regard to fiind/replace in notepad++, what are you trying to use it for exactly? Might be able to help
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    Quote Originally Posted by thesam101 View Post
    I despise WYSIWYG editors, mainly dreamweaver, becuase, although easy to use, when troubleshooting code, the auto-generated code from dreamweaver (provided you use auto-generation), is horribly unstructure and incomhrensible very often.

    I personally use notepad++

    Coding using simple text editors requires you actually learn the language properly rather than people that learn from scratch with dreamweaver and often don't learn many key things about coding becuase they are done for you.

    If you have paid for dreamweaver, then by all means use it. But I would recommend using it with a curious mind, in the regard, that when any code is generated for you, be sure to read it, and ensure you understand it before continuing
    Yes, thank you. I've already gone to great pains to point out that I DO understand all that. As I said initially, I got rid of Dreamweaver to hand code with Notepad++. Hence, I learned the language.

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    In regard to fiind/replace in notepad++, what are you trying to use it for exactly? Might be able to help
    The ONLY reason I was thinking of re-installing was because it updates links throughout a project, without having to open and edit HTML files. That's what I'm looking for and to the best of my knowledge, NP++ doesn't do that. Or does it? Am I missing something, which you could help me with?

    Thanks.

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    No point even talking about Dreamweaver now. I haven't got it anymore, so I'm shafted. I just found out the installation disc is corrupted.
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    Okay, I've just bitten the bullet and downloaded PSPad... and fell in love with it immediately! Although it doesn't seem to have the precise function I was looking for, it has some very neat features for helping me find things across open documents. It's a great deal more powerful than NP++ as far as I can tell and doesn't seem slow or heavy at all.
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