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Notepad++ is an excellent editor for coding VHDL

Started by Tianxiang Weng May 26, 2021
Hi,

In the working process for my private project, I use free Notepad++ to code VHDL code and appreciate it very much!

Here is an example of how powerful Notepad++ is:
In 27 files, I easily found that I use the statement  "when others => null; " 119 times and the statement "end case;" 117 times. There are certainly 2 mismatches for the 2 types of statements. I found only 1 mismatch in which "end case;" is written as "end if;" by looking at every statement  "when others => null; ", and abandoned another attempt to find the only mismatch. I don't have to switch files to locate the statement; instead, I just clicked a search result file shown in different colors.

 I would like to share this experience with everyone here.

Weng

On 2021-05-26, Tianxiang Weng <wtxwtx@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, > > In the working process for my private project, I use free Notepad++ to code VHDL code and appreciate it very much!
Hi, how have you found Notepad++ when it comes to larger projects though? The thing is it works fine when you have a small set of files, but any time you need more than that Notepad++ doesn't really scale. In my case at the moment I need to work on a VHDL project stored in Git, but with many small files for Modelsim+Quartus and VS Code has been amazing for that.
> Here is an example of how powerful Notepad++ is: > In 27 files, I easily found that I use the statement "when others => null; " 119 times and the statement "end case;" 117 times. There are certainly 2 mismatches for the 2 types of statements. I found only 1 mismatch in which "end case;" is written as "end if;" by looking at every statement "when others => null; ", and abandoned another attempt to find the only mismatch. I don't have to switch files to locate the statement; instead, I just clicked a search result file shown in different colors. >
well you can do all that in IDEs like VS Code too, and the numerous extensions means you can do everything in one IDE which is pretty nice. Notepad++ really seems to be a useful halfway between Windows Notepad and VS Code. Only thing I hate about VS Code is there's a plethora of extensions that are all different but basically do the same things. Just a look at VHDL, basically all of them are variations on syntax highlighting.
> > I would like to share this experience with everyone here. > > Weng >