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Alternatives to Monaco Editor

CodeMirror, Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, Vim, and Notepad++ are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Monaco Editor.
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What is Monaco Editor and what are its top alternatives?

The Monaco Editor is the code editor that powers VS Code. It is licensed under the MIT License and supports IE 9/10/11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
Monaco Editor is a tool in the Text Editor category of a tech stack.
Monaco Editor is an open source tool with 26.9K GitHub stars and 2.5K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Monaco Editor's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Monaco Editor

  • CodeMirror

    CodeMirror

    CodeMirror is a JavaScript component that provides a code editor in the browser. When a mode is available for the language you are coding in, it will color your code, and optionally help with indentation. ...

  • Visual Studio Code

    Visual Studio Code

    Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows. ...

  • Sublime Text

    Sublime Text

    Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform. ...

  • Vim

    Vim

    Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware. ...

  • Notepad++

    Notepad++

    Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License. ...

  • Atom

    Atom

    At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it. ...

  • Emacs

    Emacs

    GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. ...

  • Brackets

    Brackets

    With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, it is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser. ...

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CodeMirror

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In-browser code editor used in the dev tools for both Firefox and Chrome, Light Table, Adobe Brackets, Bitbucket,...
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PROS OF CODEMIRROR
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    Integrable in your application
  • 4
    Better content manipulation methods
  • 3
    Easy Custom Mode
  • 1
    JavaScript based
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    Easy setup
CONS OF CODEMIRROR
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    Visual Studio Code logo

    Visual Studio Code

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    PROS OF VISUAL STUDIO CODE
    • 325
      Powerful multilanguage IDE
    • 291
      Fast
    • 183
      Front-end develop out of the box
    • 151
      Support TypeScript IntelliSense
    • 135
      Very basic but free
    • 115
      Git integration
    • 99
      Intellisense
    • 72
      Faster than Atom
    • 46
      Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
    • 41
      Great Refactoring Tools
    • 38
      Good Plugins
    • 36
      Terminal
    • 36
      Superb markdown support
    • 33
      Open Source
    • 27
      Extensions
    • 25
      Large & up-to-date extension community
    • 25
      Awesome UI
    • 22
      Powerful and fast
    • 20
      Portable
    • 16
      Best code editor
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      Best editor
    • 15
      Easy to get started with
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      Built on Electron
    • 14
      Crossplatform
    • 14
      Good for begginers
    • 14
      Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
    • 13
      Lots of extensions
    • 12
      All Languages Support
    • 12
      Extensions for everything
    • 11
      Ui design is great
    • 11
      Easy to use and learn
    • 11
      Faster edit for slow computer
    • 11
      Totally customizable
    • 11
      Useful for begginer
    • 11
      Extensible
    • 10
      Git out of the box
    • 10
      "fast, stable & easy to use"
    • 9
      It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
    • 9
      Great language support
    • 9
      Great community
    • 8
      Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
    • 8
      SSH support
    • 8
      Powerful Debugger
    • 8
      Fast Startup
    • 7
      Can compile and run .py files
    • 7
      Python extension is fast
    • 7
      Features rich
    • 7
      Great document formater
    • 6
      Awesome multi cursor support
    • 6
      He is not Michael
    • 6
      She is not Rachel
    • 5
      VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
    • 5
      Extension Echosystem
    • 5
      Easy azure
    • 5
      Language server client
    • 5
      SFTP Workspace
    • 4
      Very proffesional
    • 4
      Has better support and more extentions for debugging
    • 3
      Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
    • 3
      Emmet preinstalled
    • 3
      Supports lots of operating systems
    • 3
      Has more than enough languages for any developer
    • 3
      Virtualenv integration
    • 3
      'batteries included'
    • 2
      More tools to integrate with vs
    • 2
      Light
    • 2
      VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
    • 2
      Fast and ruby is built right in
    • 2
      Better autocompletes than Atom
    • 2
      CMake support with autocomplete
    • 1
      Big extension marketplace
    CONS OF VISUAL STUDIO CODE
    • 39
      Slow startup
    • 23
      Resource hog at times
    • 19
      Poor refactoring
    • 13
      Poor UI Designer
    • 11
      Weak Ui design tools
    • 9
      Poor autocomplete
    • 8
      Microsoft
    • 7
      Poor in PHP
    • 5
      Poor at Python
    • 4
      Super Slow
    • 4
      Poor intellisense. poor java
    • 3
      No built in live Preview
    • 3
      Microsoft sends telemetry data
    • 3
      No Built in Browser Preview
    • 3
      Dilshad
    • 3
      No color Intergrator
    • 3
      Poor in Python
    • 3
      Very basic for java development and buggy at times
    • 3
      Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
    • 2
      Bad Plugin Architecture
    • 1
      Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
    • 1
      Electron

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    Simon Reymann
    Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.3M views

    Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

    • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
    • Respectively Git as revision control system
    • SourceTree as Git GUI
    • Visual Studio Code as IDE
    • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
    • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
    • SonarQube as quality gate
    • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
    • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
    • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
    • Heroku for deploying in test environments
    • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
    • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
    • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
    • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
    • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

    The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

    • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
    • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
    • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
    • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
    • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
    • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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    Johnny Bell

    I've been in the #frontend game for about 7 years now. I started coding in Sublime Text because all of the tutorials I was doing back then everyone was using it. I found the speed amazing compared to some other tools at the time. I kept using Sublime Text for about 4-5 years.

    I find Sublime Text lacks some functionality, after all it is just a text editor rather than a full fledged IDE. I finally converted over to PhpStorm as I was working with Magento and Magento as you know is mainly #PHP based.

    This was amazing all the features in PhpStorm I loved, the debugging features, and the control click feature when you click on a dependency or linked file it will take you to that file. It was great.

    PhpStorm is kind of slow, I found that Prettier was taking a long time to format my code, and it just was lagging a lot so I was looking for alternatives. After watching some more tutorial videos I noticed that everyone was using Visual Studio Code. So I gave it a go, and its amazing.

    It has support for everything I need with the plugins and the integration with Git is amazing. The speed of this IDE is blazing fast, and I wouldn't go back to using PhpStorm anymore. I highly recommend giving Visual Studio Code a try!

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    Sublime Text logo

    Sublime Text

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    PROS OF SUBLIME TEXT
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      Lightweight
    • 654
      Plugins
    • 641
      Super fast
    • 468
      Great code editor
    • 443
      Cross platform
    • 280
      Nice UI
    • 259
      Unlimited trial
    • 154
      Cmd + d is the best command ever
    • 92
      Great community
    • 47
      Package control, modules
    • 26
      Mac OS X support
    • 23
      Easy to get started with
    • 22
      Monokai
    • 21
      Built in Python
    • 21
      Everything you need without the bloat
    • 18
      Easy
    • 14
      Speed
    • 12
      Session & edit resuming
    • 10
      Package Control
    • 9
      Well Designed
    • 8
      Multiple selections
    • 7
      Nice
    • 7
      Fast, simple and lightweight
    • 7
      ALT + CMD + DOWN is the best command ever
    • 5
      So futuristic and convenient
    • 5
      It's easy to use, beautiful, simple, and plugins rule
    • 5
      Great
    • 5
      ALT + F3 the best command ever
    • 4
      Simple and clean design
    • 4
      Free
    • 4
      Find anything fast within entire project
    • 3
      Easy to use
    • 3
      UI + plugins
    • 3
      Sublime Merge (Git Integration)
    • 3
      Pretty
    • 3
      Hackable
    • 2
      Totally customizable
    • 2
      Color schemes and cmd+d
    • 2
      Material theme best theme forever
    CONS OF SUBLIME TEXT
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      Steep learning curve
    • 4
      Flexibility to move file
    • 4
      Everything
    • 3
      Number of plugins doing the same thing
    • 3
      Doesn't act like a Mac app
    • 2
      Don't have flutter integration
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      Forces you to buy license
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      Not open sourced

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    Johnny Bell

    I've been in the #frontend game for about 7 years now. I started coding in Sublime Text because all of the tutorials I was doing back then everyone was using it. I found the speed amazing compared to some other tools at the time. I kept using Sublime Text for about 4-5 years.

    I find Sublime Text lacks some functionality, after all it is just a text editor rather than a full fledged IDE. I finally converted over to PhpStorm as I was working with Magento and Magento as you know is mainly #PHP based.

    This was amazing all the features in PhpStorm I loved, the debugging features, and the control click feature when you click on a dependency or linked file it will take you to that file. It was great.

    PhpStorm is kind of slow, I found that Prettier was taking a long time to format my code, and it just was lagging a lot so I was looking for alternatives. After watching some more tutorial videos I noticed that everyone was using Visual Studio Code. So I gave it a go, and its amazing.

    It has support for everything I need with the plugins and the integration with Git is amazing. The speed of this IDE is blazing fast, and I wouldn't go back to using PhpStorm anymore. I highly recommend giving Visual Studio Code a try!

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    Labinator Team

    At labinator.com, we use HTML5, CSS 3, Sass, Vanilla.JS and PHP when building our premium WordPress themes and plugins. When writing our codes, we use Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code depending on the project. We run Manjaro and Debian operating systems in our office. Manjaro is a great desktop operating system for all range of tasks while Debian is a solid choice for servers.

    WordPress became a very popular choice when it comes to content management systems and building websites. It is easy to learn and has a great community behind it. The high number of plugins as well that are available for WordPress allows any user to customize it depending on his/her needs.

    For development, HTML5 with Sass is our go-to choice when building our themes.

    Main Advantages Of Sass:

    • It's CSS syntax friendly
    • It offers variables
    • It uses a nested syntax
    • It includes mixins
    • Great community and online support.
    • Great documentation that is easy to read and follow.

    As for PHP, we always thrive to use PHP 7.3+. After the introduction of PHP 7, the WordPress development process became more stable and reliable than before. If you a developer considering PHP 7.3+ for your project, it would be good to note the following benefits.

    The Benefits Of Using PHP:

    • Open Source.
    • Highly Extendible.
    • Easy to learn and read.
    • Platform independent.
    • Compatible with APACHE.
    • Low development and maintenance cost.
    • Great community and support.
    • Detailed documentation that has everything you need!

    Why PHP 7.3+?

    • Flexible Heredoc & Nowdoc Syntaxes - Two key methods for defining strings within PHP. They also became easier to read and more reliable.
    • A good boost in performance speed which is extremely important when it comes to WordPress development.
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    Vim logo

    Vim

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    PROS OF VIM
    • 343
      Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
    • 324
      Fast
    • 310
      Highly configurable
    • 293
      Less mouse dependence
    • 242
      Lightweight
    • 141
      Speed
    • 98
      Plugins
    • 94
      Hardcore
    • 80
      It's for pros
    • 64
      Vertically split windows
    • 26
      Open-source
    • 23
      Modal editing
    • 21
      No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
    • 19
      It stood the Test of Time
    • 14
      Unicode
    • 11
      VimPlugins
    • 11
      Stick with terminal
    • 11
      Dotfiles
    • 11
      Everything is on the keyboard
    • 10
      Flexible Indenting
    • 9
      Programmable
    • 8
      Efficient and powerful
    • 8
      Hands stay on the keyboard
    • 8
      Large number of Shortcuts
    • 7
      Unmatched productivity
    • 7
      A chainsaw for text editing
    • 7
      Everywhere
    • 7
      Modal editing changes everything
    • 6
      Makes you a true bearded developer
    • 6
      Super fast
    • 6
      Developer speed
    • 6
      Themes
    • 6
      You cannot exit
    • 6
      Because its not Emacs
    • 4
      Habit
    • 4
      EasyMotion
    • 4
      Intergrated into most editors
    • 4
      Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
    • 4
      Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
    • 4
      Great on large text files
    • 4
      Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
    • 4
      Shortcuts
    • 3
      Intuitive, once mastered
    • 2
      Perfect command line editor
    CONS OF VIM
    • 7
      Ugly UI
    • 4
      Hard to learn
    • 1
      It's not Emacs

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    Jerome Dalbert
    Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 421.8K views

    I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

    But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

    • your fingers literally don’t ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
    • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
    • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

    The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won’t need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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    Denys
    Software engineer at Typeform · | 10 upvotes · 192.1K views
    • Go because it's easy and simple, facilitates collaboration , and also it's fast, scalable, powerful.
    • Visual Studio Code because it has one of the most sophisticated Go language support plugins.
    • Vim because it's Vim
    • Git because it's Git
    • Docker and Docker Compose because it's quick and easy to have reproducible builds/tests with them
    • @Archlinux (wtf it's not here?!) because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human's central nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
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    Notepad++

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    PROS OF NOTEPAD++
    • 101
      Syntax for all languages that i use
    • 60
      Tabbed ui
    • 56
      Great code editor
    • 53
      Fast and lightweight
    • 38
      Plugins
    • 28
      Nice GUI
    • 26
      Regex & Special Character Search & Replace
    • 16
      Fast startup
    • 9
      Application is free, and plugins are too
    • 9
      Themes
    • 6
      Free
    • 4
      Very Lightweight
    • 3
      100% Free
    • 2
      Column selection
    • 1
      Awesome autocomplete
    • 1
      Easy edit on FTP servers (NppFTP)
    • 1
      Cos it's seck
    • 1
      Nice gui. are you kidding me?
    • 1
      Open Sourced
    CONS OF NOTEPAD++
    • 2
      No default plugin manager
    • 1
      Can't install more advanced packets

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    Hey there, I am using Visual Studio for C++ and Notepad++ for web development. Should I switch to Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code for web development?

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    Gustavo Muñoz
    Senior Software Engineer at JOOR · | 3 upvotes · 153.7K views

    I have chosen Visual Studio Code after testing a lot of other editors like Atom, Sublime Text (with legal license), Vim or even Notepad++ because it is the sum of all their virtues and none of their defects. It's fast, it has all the tools and plugins I need to work, and it's pretty and very good optimized. It has what I need to work and nothing more. And the main plugins works like a charm. Developing for React or Flutter is amazing. Even the TypeScript plugin works great. I like how IntelliSense works, and all the extra tools to code remotely using #ssh, access #RESTfulAPI or event manage projects or collaborating remotely. Thanks #Microsoft for Visual Studio Code.

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    Atom

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    PROS OF ATOM
    • 527
      Free
    • 446
      Open source
    • 342
      Modular design
    • 318
      Hackable
    • 316
      Beautiful UI
    • 170
      Github integration
    • 147
      Backed by github
    • 119
      Built with node.js
    • 113
      Web native
    • 107
      Community
    • 34
      Packages
    • 18
      Cross platform
    • 5
      Multicursor support
    • 5
      Nice UI
    • 5
      TypeScript editor
    • 3
      cli start
    • 3
      Simple but powerful
    • 3
      Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
    • 3
      Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
    • 3
      Snippets
    • 2
      Awesome
    • 2
      Code readability
    • 2
      Smart TypeScript code completion
    • 2
      It's powerful
    • 2
      Well documented
    • 1
      "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
    • 1
      works with GitLab
    • 1
      full support
    • 1
      vim support
    • 1
      Split-Tab Layout
    • 1
      Consistent UI on all platforms
    • 1
      User friendly
    • 1
      Hackable and Open Source
    • 1
      Made by github. YAY
    CONS OF ATOM
    • 19
      Slow with large files
    • 7
      Heavy and slow
    • 6
      Slow startup
    • 1
      Most of the time packages are hard to find.
    • 1
      Can be easily Modified

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    Jerome Dalbert
    Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 421.8K views

    I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

    But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

    • your fingers literally don’t ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
    • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
    • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

    The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won’t need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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    Julian Sanchez
    Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 9 upvotes · 340.9K views

    We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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    Emacs

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    PROS OF EMACS
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      Vast array of extensions
    • 43
      Have all you can imagine
    • 40
      Everything i need in one place
    • 38
      Portability
    • 31
      Customer config
    • 15
      Your config works on any platform
    • 12
      Low memory consumption
    • 11
      Perfect for monsters
    • 9
      All life inside one program
    • 7
      Extendable, portable, fast - all at your fingertips
    • 4
      Enables extremely rapid keyboard-only navigation
    • 4
      Extensible in Lisp
    • 4
      Runs everywhere important
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      Widely-used keybindings (e.g. by bash)
    • 3
      Git integration
    • 3
      May be old but always reliable
    • 3
      Powerful UI
    • 3
      Asynchronous
    • 2
      Powerful multilanguage IDE
    • 2
      FOSS Software
    CONS OF EMACS
    • 2
      Hard to learn for beginners
    • 1
      So good and extensible, that one can get sidetracked
    • 1
      Not default preinstalled in GNU/linux

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    Brackets

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    PROS OF BRACKETS
    • 51
      Beautiful UI
    • 40
      Lightweight
    • 25
      Extremely customizable
    • 20
      Free plugins
    • 13
      Live Preview
    • 13
      Free themes
    • 8
      Clean
    • 7
      Easy
    • 6
      Integration with photoshop
    • 4
      Perfect for web development
    • 4
      Fast
    • 4
      Simple
    • 2
      Code suggestions
    • 2
      Awesome UI
    • 2
      Clean UI
    CONS OF BRACKETS
    • 3
      Not good for backend developer
    • 1
      You have to edit json file to set your settings.
    • 1
      Bad node.js support

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