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Kakoune vs Sublime Text: What are the differences?

What is Kakoune? Vim inspired — Faster as in less keystrokes — Multiple selections — Orthogonal design. Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones Kakoune can operate in two modes, normal and insertion. In insertion mode, keys are directly inserted into the current buffer. In normal mode, keys are used to manipulate the current selection and to enter insertion mode..

What is Sublime Text? A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. 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..

Kakoune and Sublime Text can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Kakoune are:

  • Multiple selections as a central way of interacting
  • Powerful selection manipulation primitives
  • Powerful text manipulation primitives

On the other hand, Sublime Text provides the following key features:

  • Goto Anything
  • Multiple Selections
  • Command Palette

"Fast editing" is the top reason why over 6 developers like Kakoune, while over 698 developers mention "Lightweight" as the leading cause for choosing Sublime Text.

Kakoune is an open source tool with 4.85K GitHub stars and 354 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kakoune's open source repository on GitHub.

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What is Kakoune?

Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones. Kakoune can operate in two modes, normal and insertion. In insertion mode, keys are directly inserted into the current buffer. In normal mode, keys are used to manipulate the current selection and to enter insertion mode.

What is 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.
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        What are some alternatives to Kakoune and Sublime Text?
        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.
        Neovim
        Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.
        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.
        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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        Decisions about Kakoune and Sublime Text
        Jerome Dalbert
        Jerome Dalbert
        Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 12 upvotes · 57K 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 don’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 won’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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        Johnny Bell
        Johnny Bell
        Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 17 upvotes · 73.4K views
        Prettier
        Prettier
        Git
        Git
        Magento
        Magento
        Sublime Text
        Sublime Text
        PhpStorm
        PhpStorm
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio Code
        #PHP
        #Frontend

        I've been in the #frontend game for about 7 years now. I started coding in Sublime Text because all of the tutorials I was doing back then everyone was using it. I found the speed amazing compared to some other tools at the time. I kept using Sublime Text for about 4-5 years.

        I find Sublime Text lacks some functionality, after all it is just a text editor rather than a full fledged IDE. I finally converted over to PhpStorm as I was working with Magento and Magento as you know is mainly #PHP based.

        This was amazing all the features in PhpStorm I loved, the debugging features, and the control click feature when you click on a dependency or linked file it will take you to that file. It was great.

        PhpStorm is kind of slow, I found that Prettier was taking a long time to format my code, and it just was lagging a lot so I was looking for alternatives. After watching some more tutorial videos I noticed that everyone was using Visual Studio Code. So I gave it a go, and its amazing.

        It has support for everything I need with the plugins and the integration with Git is amazing. The speed of this IDE is blazing fast, and I wouldn't go back to using PhpStorm anymore. I highly recommend giving Visual Studio Code a try!

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        Atom
        Atom
        Sublime Text
        Sublime Text

        I used to be a hardcore fan of Sublime Text. I am not a coder so I only use it for quick scripts or to play around. I don't spend hours and hours a day within Sublime Text though. However, last year (2017) a colleague, a developer, showed me Atom - a game changer. Love the customisation and overall feel while coding. Again, I am not spending hours a day within but I've noticed I've spent more time playing around and coding stuff since i've moved to Atom.

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        Julian Sanchez
        Julian Sanchez
        Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 8 upvotes · 28.1K views
        atChore ChampionChore Champion
        Sublime Text
        Sublime Text
        Atom
        Atom
        Visual Studio Live Share
        Visual Studio Live Share
        Sublime Merge
        Sublime Merge
        Git
        Git
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio Code

        We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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        Sublime Text
        Sublime Text
        Atom
        Atom
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio Code

        I use Visual Studio Code because it is a super flexible code editor that can be customized to function like a full IDE. It has great git and terminal integrations out of the box compared to Atom and Sublime Text

        It has so many extensions and boots up pretty fast even with all my extensions.

        Feel free to checkout my settings: VS Code Settings

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        Gustavo Muñoz
        Gustavo Muñoz
        Web UI Developer at Globant · | 3 upvotes · 25.8K 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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        Labinator Team
        Labinator Team
        at Labinator · | 13 upvotes · 64K views
        atLabinatorLabinator
        Debian
        Debian
        Manjaro
        Manjaro
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio Code
        Sublime Text
        Sublime Text
        WordPress
        WordPress
        PHP
        PHP
        Vanilla.JS
        Vanilla.JS
        Sass
        Sass
        CSS 3
        CSS 3
        HTML5
        HTML5

        At labinator.com, we use HTML5, CSS 3, Sass, Vanilla.JS and PHP when building our premium WordPress themes and plugins. When writing our codes, we use Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code depending on the project. We run Manjaro and Debian operating systems in our office. Manjaro is a great desktop operating system for all range of tasks while Debian is a solid choice for servers.

        WordPress became a very popular choice when it comes to content management systems and building websites. It is easy to learn and has a great community behind it. The high number of plugins as well that are available for WordPress allows any user to customize it depending on his/her needs.

        For development, HTML5 with Sass is our go-to choice when building our themes.

        Main Advantages Of Sass:

        • It's CSS syntax friendly
        • It offers variables
        • It uses a nested syntax
        • It includes mixins
        • Great community and online support.
        • Great documentation that is easy to read and follow.

        As for PHP, we always thrive to use PHP 7.3+. After the introduction of PHP 7, the WordPress development process became more stable and reliable than before. If you a developer considering PHP 7.3+ for your project, it would be good to note the following benefits.

        The Benefits Of Using PHP:

        • Open Source.
        • Highly Extendible.
        • Easy to learn and read.
        • Platform independent.
        • Compatible with APACHE.
        • Low development and maintenance cost.
        • Great community and support.
        • Detailed documentation that has everything you need!

        Why PHP 7.3+?

        • Flexible Heredoc & Nowdoc Syntaxes - Two key methods for defining strings within PHP. They also became easier to read and more reliable.
        • A good boost in performance speed which is extremely important when it comes to WordPress development.
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        Reviews of Kakoune and Sublime Text
        Avatar of Shivafeb17
        Senior Web Developer at Adjetter Media Network Pvt Ltd
        Review ofSublime TextSublime Text

        There are many Text Editors and IDEs available for PHP. Sublime Text is the best of all. Super lite-weight.

        How developers use Kakoune and Sublime Text
        Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
        Ana Phi Sancho uses Sublime TextSublime Text

        Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative.Switching between projects is also lightning fast. Clean interface, quick startup, superb flexibility and powerful features. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later, Windows 7 & 8, Linux

        Avatar of Dan Ward
        Dan Ward uses Sublime TextSublime Text

        My favorite code editor. So much power and elegance in one package, and more plugins than you can shake a stick at! And the Package Control package manager makes it easy to keep up with them all.

        Avatar of A. M. Douglas
        A. M. Douglas uses Sublime TextSublime Text

        It's simple and very malleable. You can use it anywhere. You can customise it to behave as you want it to behave, look as you want it to look. And you can use it on any desktop operating system.

        Avatar of David Flynn
        David Flynn uses Sublime TextSublime Text

        We use this as it has some great text editing capabilities and a real time saver for when working on various data related tasks. This is simply a great text editor.

        Avatar of Cooperative Computing
        Cooperative Computing uses Sublime TextSublime Text

        We found Sublime Text as the best text editor on the web. It's fast, reliable, cheap and have tons of extensions available with a big supportive community.

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