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What is CodePen? An online community for testing and showcasing user-created HTML, CSS and JavaScript code snippets. 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 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.

CodePen belongs to "Cloud IDE" category of the tech stack, while Vim can be primarily classified under "Text Editor".

Lyft, Typeform, and CircleCI are some of the popular companies that use Vim, whereas CodePen is used by Rescue Digital, LLC, Jan Ziemba, and CityLiv. Vim has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1159 company stacks & 5672 developers stacks; compared to CodePen, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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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 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 CodePen and Vim?
      GitHub
      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.
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      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.
      Codeanywhere
      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.
      JSFiddle
      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.
      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.
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      Decisions about CodePen and Vim
      Jerome Dalbert
      Jerome Dalbert
      Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare ยท | 12 upvotes ยท 57.8K 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 37.8K 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 26.3K views
      TypeScript
      TypeScript
      Flutter
      Flutter
      React
      React
      Notepad++
      Notepad++
      Vim
      Vim
      Sublime Text
      Sublime Text
      Atom
      Atom
      Visual Studio Code
      Visual Studio Code
      #Microsoft
      #RESTfulAPI

      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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