I'm very familiar with Notepad++ and somewhat with Eclipse, but for this task, I'm going to go with Mozilla Thimble for several reasons.
1. Quick access: I like to be able go directly from concept to code without having to think about menus and clicks.
2. Easy integration: Requires very little in terms of installation or configuration. Basically just running constantly in a separate tab so I feel like my task and my code are joined at the hip.
3. Simple interface: Because I immediately understood how to use the tool upon first seeing it, I felt that I would not be fighting an interface every time that I wanted to make a change but simply doing the thing that was in my mind to do quickly enough that the idea didn't become diluted as I searched for configurations and menus.
4. Empty cup: Because I'm taking these courses in order to learn new things, I don't want to bring baggage along that may prevent me from seeing something from a new perspective. My mindset on each task is to approach it as though I have no idea how to accomplish it other than using the tools and information provided previously in the course or current task. Hopefully this will allow me to take something away from the course that I did not bring with me.
I code for a living, but am always open to learning something new.
Good Luck Everyone!!!