This issue does serve to point out a problem that I’ve encountered more than a few times in supporting my books. A vendor can release a faulty version of a library, operating system, or other support software required for my books and it will appear that the examples are buggy to the reader. If you read about these sorts of issues, please let me know about them so that I can test the book examples and report back to you here.
In this case, I wanted to see what was available in the way of editors. There are quite a large number of editors out there, some paid, some not. After discovering that the scope of my original article idea was too large (just editors in general), I decided to narrow the scope to just those editors that are free. After all, why pay for something you can get free unless you actually need the special features of the paid product?
Unfortunately, I still ended up with too many editors (somewhere in the neighborhood of 20). So, I decided to categorize the editors by complexity and presentation. I ended up with five major categories that span the range from simple to complex. The article contains what I think are the five best editors. Of course, your opinion may vary from mine. The point is, that you have a significant number of editors to choose from, so there is absolutely no reason to ever write code to create your own editor unless you need something truly specialized.
I’m thinking about other sorts of classes of application module for future articles. For example, it might be necessary to create an application where the user can make a simple drawing to show how something is put together or how something has failed. I actually needed such a module when trying to describe the glass panes used in the front of my wood stove not long ago and finally resorted to using paper and faxing it. The graphics module would have been easier, faster, and simpler.
What sorts of modules do you need for your Web-based applications? I’m always looking for good ideas from the people who read my material. Send me your thoughts at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com.
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