PC Advisor reviews the best programming software you can install.

5. Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit
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  • Reviewed on: 8 February 12

If you already know you need a full-fledged IDE, choosing between Komodo IDE and competitor JetBrains PhpStorm is a tough call. But if you're not sure whether you need an IDE or just a powerful editor, you can start out with free Komodo Edit and maybe graduate up to IDE if you find you need advanced features such as debugging or source code control integration.

Read our Komodo Edit review.

4. EmEditor Professional

EmEditor Professional
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  • Reviewed on: 14 February 12
  • RRP: £34 inc. VAT

If you're in the market for a text editor and not closely tied to a particular one, EmEditor Professional is very much worth looking at, as it offers an exceptional mix of features and tools at a low price.

Read our EmEditor Professional review.

3. jEdit

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  • Reviewed on: 6 December 11

jEdit is a useful Java-based programmer's editor with a boatload of optional plugins, colour schemes, and configuration options. And it's free!

Read our jEdit review.

2. PhpStorm

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  • Reviewed on: 19 January 12
  • RRP: Free for individual use

Like other IDEs, PhpStorm does take some time to study, but it can also be addictive. Its polished editing interface can make you feel like you are programming in the future--all you need is the right soundtrack to go with it.

Read our PhpStorm review.

1. UltraEdit

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  • Reviewed on: 9 February 11
  • RRP: $59 (around £37)

UltraEdit has a 30-day trial with full functionality. This should be more than enough to decide if it's worth the price. It may not be cost-effective, compared to powerful free tools like NotePad++ or ConText, for those who work with text files only occasionally. The speed, flexibility, and power of UltraEdit make it a clear winner for anyone who works with text files full-time or even reasonably often.

Read our UltraEdit review.