Neovim vs Notepad++: What are the differences?
What is Neovim? Vim's rebirth for the 21st century. 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.
What is Notepad++? Free source code editor and Notepad replacement. 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.
Neovim and Notepad++ belong to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Neovim are:
- More powerful plugins
- Better GUI architecture
- First-class support for embedding
On the other hand, Notepad++ provides the following key features:
- Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
- User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding: screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3 and screenshot 4
- PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
"Modern and more powerful Vim" is the primary reason why developers consider Neovim over the competitors, whereas "Syntax for all languages that i use" was stated as the key factor in picking Notepad++.
Neovim is an open source tool with 32K GitHub stars and 2.33K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Neovim's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Notepad++ has a broader approval, being mentioned in 187 company stacks & 499 developers stacks; compared to Neovim, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.