I've been having some rather interesting conversations with colleagues, coworkers, and friends. We've been discussing how we started in our respective areas of expertise, and what tools we had available and what we used at that time. These discussions have a bit of redundancy to them, being as most of us graduated from the same technical school, and were exposed to the same tools. I'm curious what others out there have experienced.
Me personally, I starting learning HTML using Notepad on an old Windows 98 machine. They weren't the best looking pages, nor the most correct from a standards point of view. I eventually moved up to XP and started working with the .NET Framework, but I remained true to NotePad, and continued using it till I starting taking classes in college specifically for web development and programming, where I was then forced ( for the sake of the class) to use Visual Studio, and regrettably I've left notepad behind. I produce code significantly faster, and I don't think I could write straight up HTML anymore using notepad, but it's always good to reflect on ones starting points.