Like last month's free tool, this month's tool isn't really a .NET-specific tool. However, I can't program without NotePad (though it was a long time ago when I did the XML schemas for a major software developer's products and my primary tools were NotePad and Internet Explorer). At the very least I often find myself using NotePad whenever I want to look at some code from Windows Explorer and don't want to start up Visual Studio.
I've used a couple of NotePad replacements (TextPad for the longest time) but my current favorite is NotePad2 by Florian Balmer. I like that it's fast to start up and load a file while still doing everything Notepad does. But I also like that it does code highlighting, will generate autoclose tags for XML and HTML, has a recent files list, and will minimize to the tray (so it's ready for all the other things that I use it for). A tool like NotePad2 is always going to be a trade-off: I'm looking for a speedy tool but I also want lots of functionality. NotePad2 hits the sweet spot for me.
Posted by Peter Vogel on 03/28/2012 at 1:16 PM
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