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ESLint vs Notepad++: What are the differences?

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ESLint and Notepad++ are both widely used tools in the field of software development. However, they differ in various aspects that make them distinct from each other. In this article, we will discuss the key differences between ESLint and Notepad++ in detail.

  1. Linting Capabilities: ESLint is a powerful static code analysis tool that helps identify and report issues in JavaScript code. It enforces coding standards and best practices, providing developers with helpful feedback to improve code quality. On the other hand, Notepad++ is a text editor that lacks built-in linting capabilities, requiring additional plugins or external tools for code analysis.

  2. Extensibility: ESLint is highly extensible and customizable, allowing developers to define their own rules or use popular presets to enforce coding standards. It supports various plugins and configurations, providing flexibility to adapt to different project requirements. In contrast, Notepad++ has limited extensibility options, with a relatively smaller range of plugins available. It primarily focuses on providing a lightweight and efficient text editing experience.

  3. Ease of Use: ESLint is typically integrated into development workflows, allowing real-time code analysis and immediate feedback during coding. It can be seamlessly integrated with popular code editors and integrated development environments (IDEs), enhancing developer productivity. Notepad++, although widely used as a code editor, lacks native integration with development workflows and may require additional steps to achieve similar functionality.

  4. Code Formatting: ESLint not only identifies issues but also has the ability to automatically fix certain code formatting problems, adhering to consistent coding style across the codebase. This feature saves developers time and effort in manually formatting code. On the other hand, Notepad++ does not provide built-in code formatting and requires additional plugins or external tools for this purpose.

  5. Language Support: ESLint primarily focuses on JavaScript, with support for ECMAScript standards and JSX syntax commonly used in frameworks like React. It can analyze and enforce coding standards in modern JavaScript applications. On the other hand, Notepad++ is a general-purpose text editor that can handle various programming languages, making it suitable for a broader range of use cases beyond JavaScript development.

  6. Ease of Installation and Setup: ESLint can be easily installed and configured in a project using its command-line interface or package managers like npm or yarn. It provides clear instructions and documentation to quickly get started. Notepad++, being a standalone text editor, generally requires a straightforward installation process but may need additional plugins or configurations for specific development needs.

In summary, ESLint is a powerful linting tool with extensive support for JavaScript development, providing code analysis, styling enforcement, and formatting capabilities. Notepad++ is a lightweight text editor with broader language support but lacks native linting features and advanced extensibility options.

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Scenario: I want to integrate Prettier in our code base which is currently using ESLint (for .js and .scss both). The project is using gulp.

It doesn't feel quite right to me to use ESLint, I wonder if it would be better to use Stylelint or Sass Lint instead.

I completed integrating ESLint + Prettier, Planning to do the same with [ Stylelint || Sasslint || EsLint] + Prettier.

And have gulp 'fix' on file save (Watcher).

Any recommendation is appreciated.

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Amaro Mariño
Senior Frontend Developer at Landbot.io · | 6 upvotes · 154.1K views
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In the case of .js files I would recommend using both Eslint and Prettier.

You can set up Prettier as an Eslint rule using the following plugin:

https://github.com/prettier/eslint-plugin-prettier

And in order to avoid conflicts between Prettier and Eslint, you can use this config:

https://github.com/prettier/eslint-config-prettier

Which turns off all Eslint rules that are unnecessary or might conflict with Prettier.

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Alex Spieslechner

you don't actually have to choose between these tools as they have vastly different purposes. i think its more a matter of understanding how to use them.

while eslint and stylelint are used to notify you about code quality issues, to guide you to write better code, prettier automatically handles code formatting (without notifying me). nothing else.

prettier and eslint both officially discourage using the eslint-plugin-prettier way, as these tools actually do very different things. autofixing with linters on watch isnt a great idea either. auto-fixing should only be done intentionally. you're not alone though, as a lot of devs set this up wrong.

i encourage you to think about what problem you're trying to solve and configure accordingly.

for my teams i set it up like this: - eslint, stylelint, prettier locally installed for cli use and ide support - eslint config prettier (code formatting rules are not eslints business, so dont warn me about it) - vscode workspace config: format on save - separate npm scripts for linting, and formatting - precommit hooks (husky)

so you can easily integrate with gulp. its just js after all ;)

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Alexis Villegas Torres
Software Engineer at SpeedUrWeb · | 5 upvotes · 153.8K views
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Pura vida! Well, I had a similar issue and at the end I decided to use Stylelint + Prettier for that job, in our case, we wanted that our linting process includes the SCSS files and not only the JS file, base on that we concluded that using only ESLint to do both things wasn't the best option, so, we integrated prettier with Stylelint, and for that we used a neat plugin that allowed us to use Prettier inside Stylelint here is the link, https://github.com/prettier/stylelint-prettier#recommended-configuration, I hope that this can help you, hasta pronto!, :)

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Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 498.1K 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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Pros of ESLint
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    Consistent javascript - opinions don't matter anymore
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    Free
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    IDE Integration
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    Customizable
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    Focuses code review on quality not style
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    Broad ecosystem of support & users
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    Syntax for all languages that i use
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    Tabbed ui
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    Great code editor
  • 53
    Fast and lightweight
  • 38
    Plugins
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    Nice GUI
  • 26
    Regex & Special Character Search & Replace
  • 16
    Fast startup
  • 9
    Application is free, and plugins are too
  • 9
    Themes
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    Free
  • 4
    Very Lightweight
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    100% Free
  • 2
    Column selection
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    Awesome autocomplete
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    Easy edit on FTP servers (NppFTP)
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    Cos it's seck
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    Nice gui. are you kidding me?
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    Open Sourced

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Cons of ESLint
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      No default plugin manager
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      Can't install more advanced packets

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    What is ESLint?

    A pluggable and configurable linter tool for identifying and reporting on patterns in JavaScript. Maintain your code quality with ease.

    What is 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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