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Emacs vs Nuclide: What are the differences?

What is Emacs? 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.

What is Nuclide? An open IDE for web and native mobile development, built on top of Atom (by Facebook). A unified developer experience for web and mobile development, built as a suite of packages on top of Atom to provide hackability and the support of an active community.

Emacs belongs to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack, while Nuclide can be primarily classified under "Integrated Development Environment".

Some of the features offered by Emacs are:

  • Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.
  • Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
  • Full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts.

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

  • Remote development. At Facebook, our web and back-end engineers work on remote development servers in our data centers. Nuclide provides a pair of packages that allow connections over SSH to a lightweight node daemon on the server, making possible remote file editing and syntax/type validation. Of course, this also works for VMs, enabling local development on HHVM, for example.
  • Hack language support. The Hack codebase is one of the largest at Facebook. First-class Hack support — including syntax highlighting, type-checking, autocomplete, and click-to-symbol features — has been an important requirement on Nuclide from the start. We're also excited that the growing Hack community outside the company will be able to enjoy dedicated IDE support.
  • Flow support. For both local and remote JavaScript development, Flow has brought type integrity and the ability to quickly refactor our React components and apps. As it does for Hack, Nuclide supports Flow-specific decorations and editor features in @flow-annotated files.

"Vast array of extensions" is the top reason why over 57 developers like Emacs, while over 7 developers mention "Remote development with SSH" as the leading cause for choosing Nuclide.

Nuclide is an open source tool with 8K GitHub stars and 747 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Nuclide's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Emacs has a broader approval, being mentioned in 96 company stacks & 68 developers stacks; compared to Nuclide, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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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.

What is Nuclide?

A unified developer experience for web and mobile development, built as a suite of packages on top of Atom to provide hackability and the support of an active community.
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      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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      Since version 0.101.0 and later Spacemacs totally abolishes the frontiers between Vim and Emacs. The user can now choose his/her preferred editing style and enjoy all the Spacemacs features. Even better, it is possible to dynamically switch between the two styles seamlessly which makes it possible for programmers with different styles to do seat pair programming using the same editor.
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      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 Mathias Vonende
      Mathias Vonende uses EmacsEmacs

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

      Avatar of Ismael Arenzana
      Ismael Arenzana uses EmacsEmacs

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

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      Paul Rubritz uses NuclideNuclide

      For development/debugging.

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