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Babel vs Notepad++: What are the differences?

Babel: Use next generation JavaScript, today. Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support; Notepad++: Free source code editor and Notepad replacement. 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.

Babel can be classified as a tool in the "JavaScript Compilers" category, while Notepad++ is grouped under "Text Editor".

Some of the features offered by Babel are:

  • Array comprehensions
  • Arrow functions
  • Async functions

On the other hand, Notepad++ provides the following key features:

  • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding: screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3 and screenshot 4
  • PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace

"Modern Javascript works with all browsers", "Open source" and "Integration with lots of tools" are the key factors why developers consider Babel; whereas "Syntax for all languages that i use", "Tabbed ui" and "Great code editor" are the primary reasons why Notepad++ is favored.

Babel is an open source tool with 33.5K GitHub stars and 3.57K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Babel's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Babel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 888 company stacks & 661 developers stacks; compared to Notepad++, which is listed in 182 company stacks and 483 developer stacks.

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What is Babel?

Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support.

What is 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.
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    What are some alternatives to Babel and Notepad++?
    Webpack
    A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows to load parts for the application on demand. Through "loaders" modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.
    TypeScript
    TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.
    CoffeeScript
    It adds syntactic sugar inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell in an effort to enhance JavaScript's brevity and readability. Specific additional features include list comprehension and de-structuring assignment.
    ESLint
    A pluggable and configurable linter tool for identifying and reporting on patterns in JavaScript. Maintain your code quality with ease.
    Modernizr
    It’s a collection of superfast tests or detects as we like to call them which run as your web page loads, then you can use the results to tailor the experience to the user. It tells you what HTML, CSS and JavaScript features the user’s browser has to offer.
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    Decisions about Babel and Notepad++
    Gustavo Muñoz
    Gustavo Muñoz
    Web UI Developer at Globant · | 3 upvotes · 45.9K views
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Atom
    Atom
    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    Vim
    Vim
    Notepad++
    Notepad++
    React
    React
    Flutter
    Flutter
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    #RESTfulAPI
    #Microsoft

    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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    How developers use Babel and Notepad++
    Avatar of Cloudcraft
    Cloudcraft uses BabelBabel

    Babel is awesome! 100% of the code for Cloudcraft.co is transpiled from ES2015 (even some ES7 extensions, like decorators and class properties!), using Gulp+Browserify for the frontend and on-the-fly translation in the Node.js backend. Babel allows us to use all the features of future JS, today, giving us a efficient and clean codebase. Overall, it has been an exceptionally smooth adoption, everything Just Works(tm), including debugging with source maps, etc.

    Avatar of Volkan Özçelik
    Volkan Özçelik uses BabelBabel

    When you are using modern (or sometimes experimental) features of the language, you’ll eventually have to transpile them so that your app works in a wide spectrum of user agents.

    Babel is the transpilation tool of my choice.

    Avatar of Kent Steiner
    Kent Steiner uses BabelBabel

    I use babel so I can confidently move forward using ES6 and other more modern Javascript concepts and libraries in development and still maintain compatibility with the current state of web browsers and other viewports.

    Avatar of Mick Dekkers
    Mick Dekkers uses BabelBabel

    Babel transpiles ES6/ES2015+ code to a format older browsers (*cough* IE *cough*) can understand. This allows developers to write modern JS code while remaining compatible with older systems.

    Avatar of Marc3842h
    Marc3842h uses BabelBabel

    Babel is used in Kuro (https://github.com/Marc3842h/kuro).

    Kuro is the browser facing portion of shiro. We use Babel as a easy to use build system for our frontend stack.

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    Daniel Kovacs uses Notepad++Notepad++

    When some regex or hardly scriptable but pattern-type problem occurs, I always go to notepad++. Also nice for file inspection (like image-meta).

    Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
    Ana Phi Sancho uses Notepad++Notepad++

    Development Tool code editor - Open Source: Supports a wide selection of programming languages( C/C++, C#, Java, PHP, Python, or .NET.)

    Avatar of BobStein
    BobStein uses Notepad++Notepad++
    • syntax highlighting
    • find
    • highlight selected text
    Avatar of Tim De Lange
    Tim De Lange uses Notepad++Notepad++

    First thing I install on a new windows box.

    Avatar of Promethean TV
    Promethean TV uses Notepad++Notepad++

    Used as a basic text and code editor.

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