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CotEditor vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

Developers describe CotEditor as "Open Source Plain-Text Editor for OS X". CotEditor is a lightweight plain-text editor for OS X. On the other hand, Visual Studio Code is detailed as "Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft". Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

CotEditor and Visual Studio Code belong to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack.

"Excellent support for Japanese encoding" is the top reason why over 2 developers like CotEditor, while over 237 developers mention "Powerful multilanguage IDE" as the leading cause for choosing Visual Studio Code.

CotEditor and Visual Studio Code are both open source tools. Visual Studio Code with 79.3K GitHub stars and 11.1K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than CotEditor with 2.77K GitHub stars and 252 GitHub forks.

What is CotEditor?

CotEditor is a lightweight plain-text editor for OS X.

What is 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.
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        BBEdit
        It has been crafted to serve the needs of writers, Web authors and software developers, and provides an abundance of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of prose, source code, and textual data.
        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.
        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
        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.
        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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        Reviews of CotEditor and Visual Studio Code
        Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

        Visual Studio Code takes writing code to the next level.

        There is a great community out there, it is open source, it is lightning fast, and it just works out of the box.

        It has a TON of useful extensions that can make the software do just about anything that you can imagine. It has GIT support directly within the software that doesn't require any extra plugins or configuration.

        Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

        I have been using VS code to develop Angular 2 application, it is great a highly support of Angular Directives and Services within HTML tags. It ease the development process of understanding syntax as a beginner in web development

        How developers use CotEditor and Visual Studio Code
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        Mick Dekkers uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

        I love how responsive VS Code is, and the out-of-the-box intelligent code completion it provides for many JavaScript libraries and frameworks has been a great boost to my productivity. We also have it to thank for pioneering the language server protocol, which allows the development of code intelligence tools for any editor or IDE.

        Avatar of Matt Welke
        Matt Welke uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

        Performant, flexible editor/IDE. My main programming languages (JavaScript, TypeScript and C#) have good support in it. Another language I plan to use more in the future, Go, has okay support right now which is improving.

        Also, as a developer who prefers using Linux as a workstation OS, I appreciate it being cross-platform.

        Avatar of Promethean TV
        Promethean TV uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

        PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The Visual Studio Code IDE is used by various technical staff to build software on a variety of languages supported by the IDE including C#, HTML/CSS/JS, etc.

        Avatar of David Flynn
        David Flynn uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

        Increasingly we are using VS Code more and more. It is very handy for working on Javascript, Powershell scrips, TSQL, markdown etc. Often use it's integrated terminals for spinning up APIs, running off tests and running various scripts.

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