I have been a programmer for about 14 years. Jumping from one programming language to another. More often, jumping from a text editor to another, discovering the best text editor to help me with the speed of development process.

My list does include Windows variations, as well as Linux and Mac ones.

Atom Editor

This is the latest editor that I have been using. It’s speed has increased from what it was. It was so slow that I had to go back to TextMate 2. Now, I love it so much I have built a list of shortcuts for the Atom Editor

Sublime Text Editor

This has to be the one of the most used GUI programming text editor used right now. The reason is the speed and practicality, since you can use it on virtually all of the platforms. A lot of the former TextMate users shifted to Sublime Text due to the speed of releases of the former.

TextMate 2

TextMate 2 is free unlike it’s little brother, TextMate 1. It has dramatically sped up probably because of the help it’s been getting from the number of open-source contributors.

TextMate brings Apple’s approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.


PSPad is a Windows only editor. It is so versatile and speed is impressive.

PSPad is a freeware programmer’s editor for Microsoft Windows operating systems, useful for people who:
* work with various programming environments
* like highlighted syntax in their source code
* need a small tool with simple controls and the capabilities of a mighty code editor
* are looking for a tool that handles plain text
* want to save time – PSPad offers rich text formatting functions
* need a tool that offers user extension capabilities
* want to save money and still have the functionality of professional products because PSPad is free for commercial and government purposes too

Notepad ++

If you ever come from a Windows environment, you would have definitely handled files through Notepad++.

Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.