Free and open source text editors every developer should try

Even if you work in an IDE, a good text editor is always handy to have. Bill Detwiler looks at five text editors every developer should try.

These days, most developers work inside an integrated development environment (IDE). But, there are still times when you need a text editor.

Developer and TechRepublic blogger Justin James put together a list of five free (or open source) text editors that he feels are worth checking out. In this week's TR Dojo episode, I take a quick look at the editors on his list:

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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