Code editors and text editors differ.  Code editors depending on code to be edited have additional capabilities like block indenting and outlining capability among others.  Netbeans isn't an editor it's an ide integrated development environment and that's a different kettle of fish altogether.  It is possible to use notepad to write code though and a person new to a programming language will learn syntax faster and better that way.  When a person gets to the point where they're asked to do production assignments rather than development assignments, then it's time to research and select either a code editor; an integrated development environment or both and learn those before going on into the production assignments.	

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From: Hilary Bailey [mailto:my77elephants / gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 11:28
To: ruby-talk ML
Subject: Re: Totally lost in learning Ruby

Is a Code editor the same as a text editor? Can they both be used for 
Ruby as well as RubyNRails?. If this is so are: a) Notepad++, 
b)Netbeans, and c)Ruby mine-code similar products that can be used for 
Ruby as well as Ruby N Rails?

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