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Brackets vs Vim: What are the differences?

What is Brackets? A modern, open source text editor that understands web design. With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, Brackets is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser. Try Creative Cloud Extract (preview) for Brackets for an easy way to get clean, minimal CSS straight from a PSD with no generated code.

What is Vim? Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. 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.

Brackets and Vim can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Brackets are:

  • Code Hints from a PSD
  • Inline Editors
  • Live Preview

On the other hand, Vim provides the following key features:

  • Vertically Split Windows
  • Vimdiff
  • Folding

"Beautiful UI" is the top reason why over 46 developers like Brackets, while over 334 developers mention "Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)" as the leading cause for choosing Vim.

Brackets is an open source tool with 29.9K GitHub stars and 6.42K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Brackets's open source repository on GitHub.

Lyft, Typeform, and CircleCI are some of the popular companies that use Vim, whereas Brackets is used by WorldGaming, 4RWeb Interactive, and LifeChurch.tv. Vim has a broader approval, being mentioned in 850 company stacks & 890 developers stacks; compared to Brackets, which is listed in 36 company stacks and 32 developer stacks.

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What is Brackets?

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

What is 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.
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    What are some alternatives to Brackets and Vim?
    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.
    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 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.
    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.
    Emacs
    GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editorโ€”and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
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    Decisions about Brackets and Vim
    Jerome Dalbert
    Jerome Dalbert
    Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare ยท | 12 upvotes ยท 60.6K views
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Atom
    Atom
    Vim
    Vim
    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    #TextEditor

    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 donโ€™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 wonโ€™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
    Denys
    Software engineer at Typeform ยท | 7 upvotes ยท 39.3K views
    atTypeformTypeform
    Docker Compose
    Docker Compose
    Docker
    Docker
    Git
    Git
    Vim
    Vim
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Go
    Go
    • 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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    Gustavo Muรฑoz
    Gustavo Muรฑoz
    Web UI Developer at Globant ยท | 3 upvotes ยท 28K views
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    Flutter
    Flutter
    React
    React
    Notepad++
    Notepad++
    Vim
    Vim
    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    #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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    Kang Hyeon Ku uses VimVim

    cli ํ™˜๊ฒฝ์— ์ต์ˆ™ ํ•ด์ง€์ง€ ์œ„ํ•ด ๋ฆฌ๋ˆ…์Šค๋ฅผ ์ž์ฃผ ์“ฐ๋ ค๊ณ  ํ–ˆ๋Š”๋ฐ, ๋งŽ์ด๋“ค ์ถ”์ฒœ ํ•˜๋Š” ์—๋””ํ„ฐ๊ฐ€ vim ์ด ์˜€๋‹ค. ๋งจ ์ฒ˜์Œ์—๋Š” ๋ถˆํŽธํ–ˆ๋Š”๋ฐ, ํ”Œ๋Ÿฌ๊ทธ์ธ ๋‹ค๋Š” ์žฌ๋ฏธ๊ฐ€ ์†”์†” ํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ฒฐ๊ตญ ํ”Œ๋Ÿฌ๊ทธ์ธ๋„ ๋งŽ์ด ์•ˆ์“ฐ๊ฒŒ ๋˜๋”๋ผ...vim ์ž์ฒด๋ฅผ ์ž˜ ์•ˆ์“ฐ๊ฒŒ ๋˜๋Š” ๊ฑฐ ์ผ์ง€๋„, ํ•ญ์ƒ ์ž˜ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์ง€๋งŒ ์ž˜ ์•ˆ์“ฐ๊ฒŒ ๋˜๋Š” ์—๋””ํ„ฐ ์ธ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™๋‹ค.

    Avatar of papaver
    papaver uses VimVim

    my go to editor for all things. been a vimer for over a decade now. this is where all the magic happens. still so much to learn, the most amazing tool i use.

    Avatar of Wing Tang Wong
    Wing Tang Wong uses VimVim

    Vim lets me edit the Markdown content of the Hugo powered site with ease. The low bandwidth needs means I can remote in and get changes updated without issues.

    Avatar of Darren Buse
    Darren Buse uses VimVim

    Tool a while to get used to but one of the best things I have learnt recently, great training from Drew Neil over at VimCasts.

    Avatar of SmartLogic
    SmartLogic uses VimVim

    Our developers use Vim, which is great for remote pair programming. We even have a serverโ€”Bruizerโ€”set up to host shared terminal sessions.

    Avatar of Ademir Nuno
    Ademir Nuno uses BracketsBrackets

    Rapid small editions on code and markdown texts. Greate for simple projects with not so many files.

    Avatar of Thyago Rafael
    Thyago Rafael uses BracketsBrackets

    Used to code PSD > HTML. Used as a replacement for Photoshop.

    Avatar of Tim De Lange
    Tim De Lange uses BracketsBrackets

    Used for rapidly creating html mockups.

    Avatar of WorldGaming
    WorldGaming uses BracketsBrackets

    Front end and NodeJS development.

    Avatar of Jonas Funcke
    Jonas Funcke uses BracketsBrackets

    Texteditor

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