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But simply designing websites wasn't enough for me. I wanted the pages to do things, so I learned ASP and then ASP.NET. I continued using Dreamweaver, but because of its poor support for .NET I eventually switched to Visual Studio, and that's my editor of choice. I can honestly say that the source view is open about 98% of the time. Sure, coding by hand takes more time, but it's cleaner and let's admit it, it's actually fun for us nerds.
The worst editor I ever had to use was NetObjects Fusion 7. That was installed and extensively used by my predecessor at the company I currently work for. What a nightmare! It took quite some time to convert all that over to a file structure that actually made sense. Not to mention cleaning up the atrocious code that was generated.
What editor are you guys using? Do any of you use WYSIWYG programs? What's the worst editor you ever had to work with?
Worst are the "save as html" functions in the various MS Office products. I used to have to drop a spreadsheet onto a web page every couple of months and the acres of redundant code generated were a pain.
However, as a Windows server developer (and likely to stay that way judging by your other thread) HomeSite may not work for you. I mean, it will, it supports .asp/.net files for developing and error checking them, but it's designed to manage a lot of things you will rarely ever need, and is definately not a WYSIWYG program. You're probably using the best solution for .net coding.
Worst experience . . . haha . . . see first sentence of your O.P. :-)
Both for personal sites and at work I largely use Notepad, simply because it is there
Can't beat Notepad for clean and simple. I hand-code everything.
I've got TextPad on hand for validation errors and spell checking. I suppose that I could use it exclusively, but have always coded in Notepad. I do run final product through TextPad for spell checking.
Been doing it long enough that validation is mostly just a double-check. Not many errors to be found. However, if I didn't close a <div> on line 300, TextPad has line number option, so I use it.
My version of TextPad is probably five years old, so probably even better now. There are a lot of good hand-coding editors available with handy 'bells and whistles', but that don't mess with your code as with WYSIWYG. That is, they do what they are told (or allowed) and nothing more - just like a good text editor should.
Lets you create macros, templates, custom taglists, & much more. It also comes with a free version of UltraCompare that lets you compare files when you can't find the one line that's making the second version mess up. Very affordable, under $50 and for me worth every dime.
The company also makes UEStudio, which has additional features for building applications, but I haven't tried that one.