Let the editor wars begin!

Well Armed


The SciTE [38] editor is also based on the Scintilla editor component; therefore, it is somewhat similar to Geany and Notepad++. Designed to be simple and lightweight, SciTE (Figure 16) has a number of good features:

  • Syntax highlighting (36 languages)
  • Editing multiple files at the same time
  • Selection of rectangular sections of text
  • Code folding
  • Scripting in Lua
  • File export as plain text or PDF
Figure 16: SciTE 3.3.5 on CentOS 6.8.

SciTE has two windows. The top (or left) is for text editing and the bottom (or the right) is called the output window. You can minimize this window to maximize editor space.

Parting Words of Wisdom

The examples in this article are only a few of the possible choices you have for editing. However, I strongly recommend that you learn the basics of at least one CLI editor and at least one GUI editor, which I think are better for writing code and documents.

In the end, which editor or editors you use is a personal choice. It's good to try out new editors from time to time, but don't let anyone bully you into switching editors.

This article represents my own view points and not those of my employer, Amazon Web Services.


  1. ex: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_(text_editor)
  2. Bill Joy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Joy
  3. ed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_(text_editor)
  4. Vi: http://ex-vi.sourceforge.net
  5. Vi vs. Emacs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Editor_war
  6. Emacs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emacs
  7. Emacs Lisp: https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/eintr.html
  8. MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT_Computer_Science_and_Artificial_Intelligence_Laboratory
  9. Richard Stallman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman
  10. GNU Emacs: https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/
  11. Nano: https://www.nano-editor.org
  12. Pico: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_(text_editor)
  13. Pine email client: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_(email_client)
  14. JOE: http://joe-editor.sourceforge.net
  15. WordStar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordStar
  16. Turbo C: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borland_Turbo_C
  17. Atom: https://atom.io
  18. CoffeeScript: http://coffeescript.org
  19. Less: http://lesscss.org
  20. Git controls: https://git-scm.com
  21. Editra: http://editra.org
  22. wxWidgets (wxWindows): http://wxwidgets.org
  23. Geany: http://www.geany.org
  24. Scintilla: http://www.scintilla.org
  25. Joe Landman: https://scalability.org
  26. gedit: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Gedit
  27. Gnome core apps: https://wiki.gnome.org/Design/Apps
  28. Unity: http://unity.ubuntu.com
  29. jEdit: http://www.jedit.org
  30. JuffEd: http://juffed.com/en/index.html
  31. Kate: https://kate-editor.org
  32. KDE SC: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDE_Software_Compilation
  33. Code folding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_folding
  34. Leafpad: http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad
  35. NEdit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEdit
  36. Notepad++: https://notepad-plus-plus.org
  37. Notepadqq: http://notepadqq.altervista.org/wp
  38. SciTE: http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html

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