Reader notice. I’m feeling like a bit of a rant. Ok?
Im sick sore and tired of listening to certain segments of the design / development community spout about how brilliant a coder they are.
Just because they use Notepad. Its not big and its not clever.
And here’s why.
Ok, so we know you can code. The end results prove that. Using an IDE such as Dreamweaver, Visual Studio (or alternative) does not make you any worse of a coder. In fact, contrary to popular belief the opposite is true – it helps to make you more productive, enables you to avoid repetitive tasks and speeds up the development process which is what we want isn’t it? If you want to know what makes a good coder. Read this. In fact if you are a developer, live and breath these.
Notepad is designed for reading and writing text files. It’s ok to use an IDE to develop software. Period.
Using Notepad as a badge of honour for your coding ability is like saying you’ve just used a pen knife to cut down a forest. It takes longer, achieves the same result, but makes you look like a plonker for refusing to use the chainsaw. The finished product is what pays the bills, the finished product is what your client is looking for. Not what tools you use for the job.
And your fellow wood choppers won’t be patting you on the back for your achievements.