Trusty Tools – Text Editors

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Trusty Tools – Text Editors

The first thing you learn when you become a contractor is that without the proper tools you will have a hard time doing anything. As such I am going to opening a new chapter of my blog titled “trusty tools”. In this I will introduce you to some of the tools I use most commonly and those I have found most useful. — Chris

The most useful of these tools, and one you should always have on hand is a text editor. A good text editor is key to writing quickly and efficently.

The two text editors I will be presenting are Nano and Sublime Text 2.


Nano is a GNU (GNU’s Not Unix) command line text editor first created in 1999 and was named TIP (This Isn’t Pico). Based of of Pico (The text editor in the Pine E-Mail client) but adding functionality such as color coded text, being able to use a mouse and regular expression search / replace features.

Nano is extremely simple to learn compared to VI, VIM and Emacs as all of the key combinations are similar to basic Ctrl+key sequences. Here is a list of the most commonly used functions and their key combos.

Cut    — Ctrl+k
Uncut  — Ctrl+u
Save   — Ctrl+o
Search — Ctrl+w
Exit   — Ctrl+x
help   — Ctrl+g

One of the other useful things is that these commands are always available at the bottom of your window in case you need to refrence them.

This is a normal Text file in nano

This is a python file in nano

Sublime Text 2 

There is nothing like a really good GUI text editor. and by far Sublime Text is the best I have encountered.

Initially released in 2008 by Jon skinner while sublime text is a closed source, proprietary software, It has an amazing feature set, a clean interface, and a Python API for extensibility.

Regular Text File

Python Code in distraction free mode
HTML File opened in folder view
Python code normally

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