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15. Find the Perfect Tools > The Quest for the Perfect Editor

The Quest for the Perfect Editor

Developers still spend a lot of time with plain text. No matter how many wizards and other sorcerers we develop, most coding is still in plain text. Most of the information you keep should also reside in plain text because you never know if the tool you are using will be around in five years. It’s a good bet that you’ll be able to read plain ASCII (and probably Unicode) for the next century or so. (As The Pragmatic Programmer [Addison-Wesley] admonishes: “Keep knowledge in plain text.”)

Because so much of what we do revolves around text, it makes sense to find your perfect text editor. This isn’t about IDEs; company policy and the language you use generally dictate that. IDEs are great at producing source code. But they are lacking in some of the best tools for plain old text.


  

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