When it comes to Windows management, network administration, deployment and other computing stuff, I want to do as much as possible using built-in Windows tools and utilities. As I have often said, I use no third party optimizers, tweakers, downloaders, cleaners and other snake oil stuff. For me, the main principle in Windows management and administration is to let it take care of itself. And when management and admin tasks are necessary, I do them with native Windows and Microsoft tools and utilities whenever and however I can.
My only exceptions this general rule are Macrium Reflect for backups, and the topic of this post Code Writer for coding, editing answer files, PowerShell and VB scripts and so on. In addition, I could not survive without my O365 and Azure subscriptions.
Code Writer from Actipro Software is, to put it briefly, excellent. What’s best is that it is completely free to download from the Microsoft Store. No ads, no hidden costs. It recognizes most common forms of code:
Code Writer makes writing, reading and editing any of its supported code types easy. Additional edit options appear in the Edit menu:
I like to see code, be it mine or or from another geek in a clear and structured way. Editing answer files is easy when I can see them clearly tabbed, color coded and formatted. Here’s my usual Unattend.xml answer file in Code Writer using its light theme:
Here’s a PowerShell script using the dark theme:
This might be one of the shortest posts I have ever written. I just wanted to tell you geeks about Code Writer, and ask you to test it.
– Code Writer on the Web: https://www.actiprosoftware.com/products/apps/codewriter
– Code Writer in the Microsoft Store: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/code-writer/9wzdncrfhzdt?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.