Old school coders liked to say Notepad was the best text editor you could use. But truth is, lean text editors with very powerful features are superior and just as accessible and speedy. Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code or anything you want it to be. This latest 3.0 release has been a long time coming, and it's free to try for an indefinite amount of time.
Microsoft Visual Studio has been around for 20 years and the latest version shows why it's been a long time favorite among programmers. Offering up to date tools for popular languages, a cleaner interface and faster installation, Visual Studio 2017 can be used to develop apps for Windows, Android, iOS, the web and cloud -- and for those getting started, the Community Edition is available free of charge.