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CodePen vs Sublime Text: What are the differences?

# Key Differences Between CodePen and Sublime Text
  1. Platform: CodePen is an online platform where users can write and test code directly in the browser, while Sublime Text is a desktop code editor that needs to be installed on a device.

  2. Collaboration: CodePen allows for easy collaboration through sharing code snippets and projects with others, whereas Sublime Text is primarily used for individual work and does not have built-in collaboration features.

  3. Integrations: CodePen comes with integrations for popular front-end libraries and frameworks, making it convenient for front-end developers, while Sublime Text relies on plugins and packages for similar functionality.

  4. Live Preview: CodePen provides a live preview of the code being written, allowing developers to see changes immediately, whereas in Sublime Text, developers need to manually save and refresh the browser to see updates.

  5. Code Sharing: CodePen provides a social platform for sharing and discovering code snippets, while Sublime Text is more focused on providing a customizable and efficient code editing experience without the social aspect.

  6. Learning Environment: CodePen is often used as a learning tool for beginners to experiment with code and see immediate results, whereas Sublime Text is preferred by experienced developers for its speed, customization options, and powerful features.

# Summary, CodePen and Sublime Text have key differences in platform, collaboration, integrations, live preview, code sharing, and learning environment.
Decisions about CodePen and Sublime Text
Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 1.3M views

Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.

Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.

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Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 498K views

Since communication with Github is not necessary, the Atom is less convenient in working with text and code. Sublim's support and understanding of projects is best for us. Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface. We use a good theme for Sublim ayu-dark

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 1.2M views

I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!

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Pros of CodePen
Pros of Sublime Text
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    • 720
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      Super fast
    • 468
      Great code editor
    • 442
      Cross platform
    • 280
      Nice UI
    • 260
      Unlimited trial
    • 153
      Cmd + d is the best command ever
    • 92
      Great community
    • 46
      Package control, modules
    • 26
      Mac OS X support
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      Easy to get started with
    • 22
    • 21
      Everything you need without the bloat
    • 21
      Built in Python
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    • 14
    • 12
      Session & edit resuming
    • 10
      Package Control
    • 9
      Well Designed
    • 8
      Multiple selections
    • 7
      ALT + CMD + DOWN is the best command ever
    • 7
    • 7
      Fast, simple and lightweight
    • 5
      It's easy to use, beautiful, simple, and plugins rule
    • 5
      So futuristic and convenient
    • 5
      ALT + F3 the best command ever
    • 5
    • 4
      Find anything fast within entire project
    • 4
      Easy to use
    • 4
    • 4
      Simple and clean design
    • 3
    • 3
    • 3
      UI + plugins
    • 3
      Sublime Merge (Git Integration)
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      Totally customizable
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      Color schemes and cmd+d
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      Material theme best theme forever
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    Cons of CodePen
    Cons of Sublime Text
    • 4
      No support for any other git-server than github
    • 8
      Steep learning curve
    • 6
    • 4
      Flexibility to move file
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      Number of plugins doing the same thing
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      Doesn't act like a Mac app
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      Not open sourced
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      Don't have flutter integration
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      Forces you to buy license

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    What is CodePen?

    It is a social development environment for front-end designers and developers.. It functions as an online code editor and open-source learning environment, where developers can create code snippets, creatively named "pens", and test them.

    What is 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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    What are some alternatives to CodePen and Sublime Text?
    GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
    CodeSandbox allows developers to simply go to a URL in their browser to start building. This not only makes it easier to get started, it also makes it easier to share. You can just share your created work by sharing the URL, others can then (without downloading) further develop on these sandboxes.
    A development platform that enables you to not only edit your files from underlying services like FTP, GitHub, Dropbox and the like, but on top of that gives you the ability to collaborate, embed and share through Codeanywhere on any device.
    It is an online community for testing and showcasing user-created and collaborational HTML, CSS and JavaScript code snippets, known as 'fiddles'. It allows for simulated AJAX calls.
    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.
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