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The editor I use for screenshots in this book is called gedit. I chose gedit for use in this book because:

  • It is cross-platform, meaning it runs on Windows and Linux. gedit also runs on older versions of Mac OS (up to version 10.5), but I recommend using TextWrangler for Mac OS.
  • It is lightweight and easy to use. It installs quickly, doesn’t take up much disk space, and doesn’t have a whole lot of features you’ll need to learn. It has just enough features to get started in programming.
  • It has a Disk Explorer Pane, which shows the folders with which you’ll be working. This can be really handy when you want to quickly browse the folders for files to edit.
  • It is free to use. It won’t cost you to download, and it won’t nag you to upgrade to a paid version.

You don’t have to use gedit. Any programming editor will do. All programming editors have similar features; they let you create new files, edit, and save files.

You can download gedit at Follow the download instructions for your platform.

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