Notepad++ vs PhpStorm

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Notepad++ vs PhpStorm: What are the differences?

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; PhpStorm: Professional IDE for PHP and Web Developers. PhpStorm is a PHP IDE which keeps up with latest PHP & web languages trends, integrates a variety of modern tools, and brings even more extensibility with support for major PHP frameworks.

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

Some of the features offered by Notepad++ are:

  • 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

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

  • Smart PHP Code Editor
  • Code Quality Analysis
  • Debugging and Testing

"Syntax for all languages that i use", "Tabbed ui" and "Great code editor" are the key factors why developers consider Notepad++; whereas "Best ide for php", "Easy to use" and "Functionality" are the primary reasons why PhpStorm is favored.

Lyft, PedidosYa, and Docplanner are some of the popular companies that use PhpStorm, whereas Notepad++ is used by Jitbit, Implisit, and Pronto Ischia. PhpStorm has a broader approval, being mentioned in 637 company stacks & 493 developers stacks; compared to Notepad++, which is listed in 182 company stacks and 483 developer stacks.

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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.

What is PhpStorm?

PhpStorm is a PHP IDE which keeps up with latest PHP & web languages trends, integrates a variety of modern tools, and brings even more extensibility with support for major PHP frameworks.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Decisions about Notepad++ and PhpStorm
Gustavo Muñoz
Gustavo Muñoz
Web UI Developer at Globant · | 3 upvotes · 20K 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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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 10 upvotes · 14.7K views
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RubyMine
RubyMine
Ruby
Ruby
Prettier
Prettier
WebStorm
WebStorm
PhpStorm
PhpStorm
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
#Help

When I switched to Visual Studio Code 12 months ago from PhpStorm I was in love, it was great. However after using VS Code for a year, I see myself switching back and forth between WebStorm and VS Code. The VS Code plugins are great however I notice Prettier, auto importing of components and linking to the definitions often break, and I have to restart VS Code multiple times a week and sometimes a day.

We use Ruby here so I do like that Visual Studio Code highlights that for me out of the box, with WebStorm I'd need to probably also install RubyMine and have 2 IDE's going at the same time.

Should I stick with Visual Studio Code, or switch to something else? #help

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Reviews of Notepad++ and PhpStorm
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Full Stack Developer at Webbingapps
Review ofPhpStormPhpStorm

There are many PHP IDE's currently available but PhpStorm just beats them all! It's availanle for every OS. Fast, Feature-rich, Customizable, etc etc etc. It just has it all! Highly recommended for any Web Apps Developer who takes his job seriously. This is the main tool that you don't want to miss.

How developers use Notepad++ and PhpStorm
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Daniel Kovacs uses Notepad++Notepad++

When some regex or hardly scriptable but pattern-type problem occurs, I always go to notepad++. Also nice for file inspection (like image-meta).

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Ana Phi Sancho uses Notepad++Notepad++

Development Tool code editor - Open Source: Supports a wide selection of programming languages( C/C++, C#, Java, PHP, Python, or .NET.)

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Rocky Gray uses PhpStormPhpStorm

Writing software, navigating code bases, and refactoring code. Intellisense and click through are heavily used features here.

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BrightMachine uses PhpStormPhpStorm

The best PHP editor available. We really don't know how we managed to do anything before using this fantastic tool.

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Undisclosed, Do Not Contact or Spam Please uses PhpStormPhpStorm

The best PHP editor. Also is a great MySQL/SQLite datasource browser, text editor, and I think it makes coffee too.

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Christian Bryant uses PhpStormPhpStorm

Mailer, forms; anything that I feel PHP can still provide advantages simply AngularJS/MEAN stack

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Andrew Gatenby uses PhpStormPhpStorm

It's really the only PHP IDE to bother with in our experience.

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BobStein uses Notepad++Notepad++
  • syntax highlighting
  • find
  • highlight selected text
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Tim De Lange uses Notepad++Notepad++

First thing I install on a new windows box.

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Promethean TV uses Notepad++Notepad++

Used as a basic text and code editor.

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