Powershell Best Practice #18: Don’t use Notepad as a script editor

By | August 4, 2015

Best Practice: It is recommended to avoid to use Notepad as a script editor.

Explanation: Notepad is a basic and poor editor, features are very limited. I also consider than Notepad++ is a bad choice (although better than notepad).

With Notepad you cannot have:

  1. Syntax highlighting (to detect syntax errors faster)
  2. Collapse all (Control + M : to go in a specfic part of your script faster)
  3. Clean indentation (to have a cleaner and uniform code)
  4. Run selection (F8 : run a specific block or lines in your script)
  5. Set breakpoints (F9 : temporarily suspend execution of your script at a specific point)
  6. Layout windows (Control + F1, F2 or F3 and full screen)
  7. Number of lines displayed

Instead of that, I recommended to use PowerShell ISE (with ISESteroids) : I personally use that.

Moreover, by using PowerShell ISE the variable $psISE is available and very useful.


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