Kakoune vs Visual Studio Code

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Kakoune

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Kakoune vs Visual Studio Code: 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 Visual Studio Code? 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.

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

"Fast editing" is the top reason why over 6 developers like Kakoune, while over 237 developers mention "Powerful multilanguage IDE" as the leading cause for choosing Visual Studio Code.

Kakoune and Visual Studio Code are both open source tools. It seems that Visual Studio Code with 79.3K GitHub stars and 11.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Kakoune with 4.85K GitHub stars and 354 GitHub forks.

Decisions about Kakoune and Visual Studio Code
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 490.6K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Kamaleshwar BN
Head of Engineering at Dibiz Pte. Ltd. · | 12 upvotes · 727.5K views

Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.

Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 656.4K views

I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!

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Pros of Kakoune
Pros of Visual Studio Code
  • 7
    Fast editing
  • 6
    Multiple selections
  • 5
    Interactivity
  • 3
    Self documented
  • 3
    Consistency of the underlying language
  • 3
    UNIX citizen
  • 325
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 291
    Fast
  • 183
    Front-end develop out of the box
  • 151
    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
  • 135
    Very basic but free
  • 115
    Git integration
  • 99
    Intellisense
  • 72
    Faster than Atom
  • 46
    Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
  • 41
    Great Refactoring Tools
  • 38
    Good Plugins
  • 36
    Terminal
  • 36
    Superb markdown support
  • 33
    Open Source
  • 27
    Extensions
  • 25
    Large & up-to-date extension community
  • 25
    Awesome UI
  • 22
    Powerful and fast
  • 20
    Portable
  • 16
    Best code editor
  • 16
    Best editor
  • 15
    Easy to get started with
  • 14
    Built on Electron
  • 14
    Crossplatform
  • 14
    Good for begginers
  • 14
    Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
  • 13
    Lots of extensions
  • 12
    All Languages Support
  • 12
    Extensions for everything
  • 11
    Ui design is great
  • 11
    Easy to use and learn
  • 11
    Faster edit for slow computer
  • 11
    Totally customizable
  • 11
    Useful for begginer
  • 11
    Extensible
  • 10
    Git out of the box
  • 10
    "fast, stable & easy to use"
  • 9
    It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
  • 9
    Great language support
  • 9
    Great community
  • 8
    Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
  • 8
    SSH support
  • 8
    Powerful Debugger
  • 8
    Fast Startup
  • 7
    Can compile and run .py files
  • 7
    Python extension is fast
  • 7
    Features rich
  • 7
    Great document formater
  • 6
    Awesome multi cursor support
  • 6
    He is not Michael
  • 6
    She is not Rachel
  • 5
    VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
  • 5
    Extension Echosystem
  • 5
    Easy azure
  • 5
    Language server client
  • 5
    SFTP Workspace
  • 4
    Very proffesional
  • 4
    Has better support and more extentions for debugging
  • 3
    Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
  • 3
    Emmet preinstalled
  • 3
    Supports lots of operating systems
  • 3
    Has more than enough languages for any developer
  • 3
    Virtualenv integration
  • 3
    'batteries included'
  • 2
    More tools to integrate with vs
  • 2
    Light
  • 2
    VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
  • 2
    Fast and ruby is built right in
  • 2
    Better autocompletes than Atom
  • 2
    CMake support with autocomplete
  • 1
    Big extension marketplace

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Cons of Kakoune
Cons of Visual Studio Code
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    • 39
      Slow startup
    • 23
      Resource hog at times
    • 19
      Poor refactoring
    • 13
      Poor UI Designer
    • 11
      Weak Ui design tools
    • 9
      Poor autocomplete
    • 8
      Microsoft
    • 7
      Poor in PHP
    • 5
      Poor at Python
    • 4
      Super Slow
    • 4
      Poor intellisense. poor java
    • 3
      No built in live Preview
    • 3
      Microsoft sends telemetry data
    • 3
      No Built in Browser Preview
    • 3
      Dilshad
    • 3
      No color Intergrator
    • 3
      Poor in Python
    • 3
      Very basic for java development and buggy at times
    • 3
      Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
    • 2
      Bad Plugin Architecture
    • 1
      Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
    • 1
      Electron

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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 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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        What are some alternatives to Kakoune and Visual Studio Code?
        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.
        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.
        Micro
        Micro is a framework for cloud native development. Micro addresses the key requirements for building cloud native services. It leverages the microservices architecture pattern and provides a set of services which act as the building blocks
        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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