I use Microsoft Windows 7 RC on my main desktop computer since June 2009. Since there were no Windows ports of my favorite editors in Linux (gedit on Fedora/CentOS), I decided to use Notepad++, an open-source source code editor and Notepad replacement, which is released as free-software. Soon I noticed signs that the application might not be as robust as expected, as I experienced random freezes quite often.
I recall that there was a time that I had lost all of my open and unsaved documents due to an application freeze. After checking their bug trackers and help forums on SourceForge for more information and hopefully for a solution to the problem, it was suggested that one of the plugins could be causing the freezing problem. The suggested approach was to try to reproduce the issue, by enabling the plugins in turns. At that time, I did not have the necessary free time to experiment with the editor, so I had disabled the whole plugin system, just to be sure that my data would be safe.
Two days ago, I upgraded the program to the latest version and, during installation and without giving it much thought, I installed the application’s plugin system and a plugin called “Document Monitor“. This morning my system experienced another Notepad++ freeze, and right after that incident, I once again decided to disable Notepad++’s plugin system and I do not have any intention to use any of its plugins ever again. I continue to use the core editor, but I am also looking for alternatives. I mainly use a text editor for plain text and HTML documents, Python, PHP and BASH scripts. Any other suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
While doing maintenance work on my web site, I stumbled upon this old post and thought it would be a good idea to add some up to date information about it. FYI, despite my quest for alternative editors for the Windows platform, I ended up using Notepad++ for all these years. After very heavy use, my final conclusion is that the core application is very robust. There had been times that a huge number of text files were open in it for many days, if not weeks, and there have been absolutely no problems at all. Unfortunately, I never happened to test any of the program’s plugins again. Any possible issues should have been resolved by now, but to be honest I’m still hesitant to enable the plugin system. Besides, I don’t really need any extra functionality. The core application does the job very well, I’ve been very happy with it and I can safely say it’s an exceptional piece of work.
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