On text sorting, the fact that Notepad++ is the best text editor, and 2011 wishes!
UPDATE: Version 188.8.131.52 fixes intermittent crashes. NppColumnSort-184.108.40.206.zip
A few years ago I spent some time looking for the best text editor for Windows. After testing pretty much all the editors available at the time (Notepad2, Notepad++, UltraEdit, UltraPad, TextPad...) I finally reckoned that the most powerful and versatile one was Notepad++. I have been using it since then and I regularly recommend it to other people. I could not convince my father to ditch TextPad though because of its superior text sorting feature. It's true that the standard sorting plugin shipping with Notepad++ is pretty basic. It only lets you sort the file at a given column and by lexicographical order only. TextPad on the other hand lets you define a sort criterion based on up to three user-defined columns. Also for each column the comparison can be either numerical or lexicographical.
The thing is that I am very stubborn: Notepad++ is the best editor for Windows, and so to prove it to my father there were no way round it: I had to implement the missing sorting features for Notepad++!
Because Notepad++ is open-source I was able to start from existing code. It thus took less than a day to implement the missing feature as a plugin! Of course it had to be superior than TextPad's implementation. Hence it lets you define an unlimited number of columns, unlike TexPad which is limited to only three.
To install it just copy the plugin DLL (under 'Unicode Release' in the zip file) to the Notepad++ plugin directory (
%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Notepad++\plugins if your Windows is 64bit;
%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins if your Windows is 32bit).
I take the opportunity to wish you a great year 2011 and hope that all your problems will be sorted in whichever order you prefer be it lexicographical or numerical!