I hope we can start a conversation about this because a good text editor can make a big difference to a newbie, so PLEASE REPLY!!! I wanted to proselytise about Npp, but it only runs on Windows. So if you use a different OS, please make that BLEEDINGLY OBVIOUS.
Notepad++ (WINDOWS )
I’ve tried a numerous text editors over the years (like Context), but Notepad++ (Npp) is easily my favourite. It only runs on Windows, but I use it to export Unix formatted files routinely. You can set shortcut keys to change formats very easily. Npp can highlight lots of languages, including R, perl and unix. You can also define your own languages for highlighting – I did that to make my Migrate parameter files easier to read.
As well as the usual highlighting and bracket matching capability, there are several other useful features built in, like a search results window and a file browser. The ability to manipulate several files at once is really cool – you can search and replace in all open files if you want, save all of them with one click and close all of them with one click, which is great when making parameter files and such like. NPP has an active community of plugin writers (and users), plus some standard plugins that work really well. The ones I use a lot are MultiClipboard and NppFTP. There’s also one that communicates with R, but I haven’t used that one yet – I’d be interested to hear what it’s like (I’m using Rstudio at the moment).
Let us know if you like or hate Npp, or if you have a different favourite text editor.