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Eclipse vs Emacs: What are the differences?

Developers describe Eclipse as "IDE for Java EE Developers". Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.. On the other hand, Emacs is detailed as "The extensible self-documenting text editor". GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

Eclipse can be classified as a tool in the "Integrated Development Environment" category, while Emacs is grouped under "Text Editor".

"Does it all" is the top reason why over 123 developers like Eclipse, while over 57 developers mention "Vast array of extensions" as the leading cause for choosing Emacs.

Intuit, Zalando, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Eclipse, whereas Emacs is used by Bukalapak, Accenture, and Webedia. Eclipse has a broader approval, being mentioned in 248 company stacks & 140 developers stacks; compared to Emacs, which is listed in 99 company stacks and 73 developer stacks.

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What is Eclipse?

Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.

What is Emacs?

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—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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    Android Studio
    Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
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    Avatar of Casey Smith
    Casey Smith uses EclipseEclipse

    Develop and debug Java code using standard Eclipse distribution. No special plugins; standard Maven and Git integration.

    Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
    Ana Phi Sancho uses EclipseEclipse

    Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later, Windows 7 & 10' Linux

    Avatar of Yoandy Rodriguez
    Yoandy Rodriguez uses EmacsEmacs

    Emacs is my text editor/frontend to git/ blog editor/ filesystem explorer/ tool for editing remote files.

    Avatar of Ducamp Laurent
    Ducamp Laurent uses EclipseEclipse

    I use as Java IDE for Spring. A packaged eclipse version exists. It was called STS (Spring Tool Suite).

    Avatar of Mathias Vonende
    Mathias Vonende uses EmacsEmacs

    'The' editor for erlang/otp-systems, integrates niceley with git.

    Avatar of Zachary Melacncon
    Zachary Melacncon uses EclipseEclipse

    Used for Java back-end for and Angular front-end project.

    Avatar of Ismael Arenzana
    Ismael Arenzana uses EmacsEmacs

    Editor of choice. Vi fanboys please don't comment.

    Avatar of Skriglitz
    Skriglitz uses EclipseEclipse

    My IDE of choice for developing pages and backend

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