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Alternatives to Neovim

Vim, Atom, Kakoune, Emacs, and SpaceVim are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Neovim.
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What is Neovim and what are its top alternatives?

Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.
Neovim is a tool in the Text Editor category of a tech stack.
Neovim is an open source tool with 58K GitHub stars and 4.1K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Neovim's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Neovim

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Kakoune
    Kakoune

    Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones. Kakoune can operate in two modes, normal and insertion. In insertion mode, keys are directly inserted into the current buffer. In normal mode, keys are used to manipulate the current selection and to enter insertion mode. ...

  • 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. ...

  • SpaceVim
    SpaceVim

    SpaceVim is a Modular configuration, a bundle of custom settings and plugins, for Vim. It got inspired by spacemacs. ...

  • Spacemacs
    Spacemacs

    Since version 0.101.0 and later Spacemacs totally abolishes the frontiers between Vim and Emacs. The user can now choose his/her preferred editing style and enjoy all the Spacemacs features. Even better, it is possible to dynamically switch between the two styles seamlessly which makes it possible for programmers with different styles to do seat pair programming using the same editor. ...

  • 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. ...

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Vim logo

Vim

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Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing
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PROS OF VIM
  • 346
    Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
  • 326
    Fast
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    Highly configurable
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    Less mouse dependence
  • 246
    Lightweight
  • 144
    Speed
  • 99
    Plugins
  • 96
    Hardcore
  • 81
    It's for pros
  • 65
    Vertically split windows
  • 29
    Open-source
  • 25
    Modal editing
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    No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
  • 21
    It stood the Test of Time
  • 16
    Unicode
  • 13
    Everything is on the keyboard
  • 13
    Stick with terminal
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    VimPlugins
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    Dotfiles
  • 11
    Flexible Indenting
  • 10
    Hands stay on the keyboard
  • 10
    Efficient and powerful
  • 10
    Programmable
  • 9
    Large number of Shortcuts
  • 9
    Everywhere
  • 8
    Unmatched productivity
  • 8
    A chainsaw for text editing
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    Because its not Emacs
  • 7
    Super fast
  • 7
    Modal editing changes everything
  • 7
    Developer speed
  • 6
    Makes you a true bearded developer
  • 6
    Themes
  • 6
    You cannot exit
  • 5
    Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
  • 5
    Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
  • 5
    EasyMotion
  • 5
    Shortcuts
  • 5
    Great on large text files
  • 5
    Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
  • 5
    Habit
  • 5
    Intergrated into most editors
  • 4
    Intuitive, once mastered
  • 4
    Perfect command line editor
  • 1
    Not MicroSoft
CONS OF VIM
  • 8
    Ugly UI
  • 5
    Hard to learn

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Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 623.5K 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 · | 12 upvotes · 349.9K 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
  • Arch Linux because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
  • Stack Overflow because of Copy-Paste Driven Development
  • JavaScript and Python when a something needs to be coded for yesterday
  • PhpStorm because it saves me like 300 "Ctrl+F" key strokes a minute
  • cURL because terminal all the way
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Atom logo

Atom

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A hackable text editor for the 21st Century
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PROS OF ATOM
  • 527
    Free
  • 447
    Open source
  • 342
    Modular design
  • 320
    Hackable
  • 316
    Beautiful UI
  • 170
    Github integration
  • 147
    Backed by github
  • 119
    Built with node.js
  • 113
    Web native
  • 107
    Community
  • 35
    Packages
  • 18
    Cross platform
  • 5
    TypeScript editor
  • 5
    Nice UI
  • 5
    Multicursor support
  • 3
    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
  • 3
    Snippets
  • 3
    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    cli start
  • 2
    It's powerful
  • 2
    Smart TypeScript code completion
  • 2
    Well documented
  • 2
    Code readability
  • 2
    Awesome
  • 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
CONS OF ATOM
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    Slow with large files
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    Slow startup
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    Most of the time packages are hard to find.
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    Cannot Run code with F5
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    Can be easily Modified

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Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 623.5K 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 · 516.1K 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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Kakoune

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Vim inspired — Faster as in less keystrokes — Multiple selections — Orthogonal design
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PROS OF KAKOUNE
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    Multiple selections
  • 7
    Fast editing
  • 5
    Interactivity
  • 4
    Consistency of the underlying language
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    UNIX citizen
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    Self documented
CONS OF KAKOUNE
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    Emacs logo

    Emacs

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    The extensible self-documenting text editor.
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    PROS OF EMACS
    • 65
      Vast array of extensions
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      Have all you can imagine
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      Everything i need in one place
    • 39
      Portability
    • 32
      Customer config
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      Your config works on any platform
    • 13
      Low memory consumption
    • 11
      Perfect for monsters
    • 9
      All life inside one program
    • 8
      Extendable, portable, fast - all at your fingertips
    • 5
      Widely-used keybindings (e.g. by bash)
    • 5
      Runs everywhere important
    • 5
      Enables extremely rapid keyboard-only navigation
    • 5
      Extensible in Lisp
    • 4
      Git integration
    • 4
      FOSS Software
    • 4
      Powerful multilanguage IDE
    • 4
      May be old but always reliable
    • 3
      Asynchronous
    • 3
      Powerful UI
    • 1
      Huge ecosystem
    CONS OF EMACS
    • 4
      Hard to learn for beginners
    • 3
      So good and extensible, that one can get sidetracked
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      Not default preinstalled in GNU/linux

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    SpaceVim

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    Like spacemacs, but for vim
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    PROS OF SPACEVIM
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      Easy to get started with
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      Easy to update
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      Attractive default theme
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      Realtime Guide
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      Setting up language servers just works
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      Better default
    CONS OF SPACEVIM
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      Spacemacs logo

      Spacemacs

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      Emacs advanced Kit focused on Evil: The best editor is neither Emacs nor Vim, it's Emacs *and* Vim!
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      PROS OF SPACEMACS
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        Advanced support for Vim key bindings
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        Discoverability
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        Easy setup
      • 10
        Never have to touch the mouse
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        Community-driven configuration
      • 7
        Cross-platform
      • 6
        Documentation
      • 5
        Emacs
      • 4
        Fast-paced development
      • 4
        Evil
      • 4
        Nice UI
      • 2
        Git Integration
      • 1
        Autocompletion
      CONS OF SPACEMACS
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        Visual Studio Code logo

        Visual Studio Code

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        PROS OF VISUAL STUDIO CODE
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          Powerful multilanguage IDE
        • 295
          Fast
        • 187
          Front-end develop out of the box
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          Support TypeScript IntelliSense
        • 139
          Very basic but free
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          Git integration
        • 103
          Intellisense
        • 75
          Faster than Atom
        • 49
          Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
        • 42
          Great Refactoring Tools
        • 41
          Good Plugins
        • 40
          Terminal
        • 36
          Superb markdown support
        • 35
          Open Source
        • 31
          Extensions
        • 26
          Large & up-to-date extension community
        • 26
          Awesome UI
        • 23
          Powerful and fast
        • 21
          Portable
        • 18
          Best code editor
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          Best editor
        • 16
          Easy to get started with
        • 15
          Crossplatform
        • 15
          Good for begginers
        • 14
          Built on Electron
        • 14
          Lots of extensions
        • 14
          Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
        • 13
          All Languages Support
        • 13
          Extensions for everything
        • 12
          Extensible
        • 11
          "fast, stable & easy to use"
        • 11
          Git out of the box
        • 11
          Useful for begginer
        • 11
          Ui design is great
        • 11
          Easy to use and learn
        • 11
          Faster edit for slow computer
        • 11
          Totally customizable
        • 10
          Great community
        • 9
          Powerful Debugger
        • 9
          SSH support
        • 9
          Great language support
        • 9
          Fast Startup
        • 9
          It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
        • 9
          Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
        • 8
          Can compile and run .py files
        • 7
          Python extension is fast
        • 7
          Features rich
        • 7
          Great document formater
        • 6
          She is not Rachel
        • 6
          He is not Michael
        • 6
          Awesome multi cursor support
        • 5
          Very proffesional
        • 5
          Easy azure
        • 5
          Language server client
        • 5
          Extension Echosystem
        • 5
          SFTP Workspace
        • 5
          VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
        • 4
          Has better support and more extentions for debugging
        • 4
          Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
        • 4
          Virtualenv integration
        • 3
          'batteries included'
        • 3
          Better autocompletes than Atom
        • 3
          Supports lots of operating systems
        • 3
          Has more than enough languages for any developer
        • 3
          Emmet preinstalled
        • 3
          More tools to integrate with vs
        • 2
          VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
        • 2
          CMake support with autocomplete
        • 2
          Light
        • 2
          Microsoft
        • 2
          Customizable
        • 2
          Fast and ruby is built right in
        • 1
          Big extension marketplace
        CONS OF VISUAL STUDIO CODE
        • 44
          Slow startup
        • 27
          Resource hog at times
        • 20
          Poor refactoring
        • 14
          Microsoft
        • 13
          Poor UI Designer
        • 11
          Weak Ui design tools
        • 10
          Poor autocomplete
        • 7
          Poor in PHP
        • 7
          Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
        • 6
          Microsoft sends telemetry data
        • 6
          Super Slow
        • 4
          It's MicroSoft
        • 3
          No built in live Preview
        • 3
          Very basic for java development and buggy at times
        • 3
          No Built in Browser Preview
        • 3
          No color Intergrator
        • 3
          Poor in Python
        • 2
          Electron
        • 2
          Bad Plugin Architecture
        • 1
          Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
        • 1
          Powered by Electron

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        Simon Reymann
        Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 29 upvotes · 4.8M 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
        • 652
          Plugins
        • 638
          Super fast
        • 466
          Great code editor
        • 443
          Cross platform
        • 277
          Nice UI
        • 259
          Unlimited trial
        • 154
          Cmd + d is the best command ever
        • 92
          Great community
        • 45
          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
          Great
        • 5
          It's easy to use, beautiful, simple, and plugins rule
        • 5
          ALT + F3 the best command ever
        • 5
          So futuristic and convenient
        • 4
          Free
        • 4
          Simple and clean design
        • 4
          Find anything fast within entire project
        • 3
          Pretty
        • 3
          Easy to use
        • 3
          UI + plugins
        • 3
          Sublime Merge (Git Integration)
        • 3
          Hackable
        • 2
          Totally customizable
        • 2
          Color schemes and cmd+d
        • 2
          Material theme best theme forever
        CONS OF SUBLIME TEXT
        • 8
          Steep learning curve
        • 5
          Everything
        • 4
          Doesn't act like a Mac app
        • 4
          Flexibility to move file
        • 3
          Number of plugins doing the same thing
        • 2
          Forces you to buy license
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          Not open sourced
        • 2
          Don't have flutter integration

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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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