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Notepad++ vs PyCharm: 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; PyCharm: The Most Intelligent Python IDE. PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!.

Notepad++ can be classified as a tool in the "Text Editor" category, while PyCharm is grouped 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, PyCharm provides the following key features:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Auto-Indentation and code formatting
  • Code completion

"Syntax for all languages that i use", "Tabbed ui" and "Great code editor" are the key factors why developers consider Notepad++; whereas "Smart auto-completion", "Intelligent code analysis" and "Powerful refactoring" are the primary reasons why PyCharm is favored.

Lyft, Abilian, and Critizr are some of the popular companies that use PyCharm, whereas Notepad++ is used by Jitbit, Implisit, and Pronto Ischia. PyCharm has a broader approval, being mentioned in 357 company stacks & 507 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 PyCharm?

PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!
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What are some alternatives to Notepad++ and PyCharm?
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 PyCharm
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Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Vim
Vim
Notepad++
Notepad++
React
React
Flutter
Flutter
TypeScript
TypeScript
#RESTfulAPI
#Microsoft

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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Yaakov Gesher uses PyCharmPyCharm

PyCharm is our preferred IDE for python apps, for all its simple awesomeness in writing code, as well as the ease with which you can run a Django shell, a web server, or run tests.

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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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Eliana Abraham uses PyCharmPyCharm

I used pycharm for Machine learning. Then I switched back to sublime and I am going to try atom now.

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Viraat Chandra uses PyCharmPyCharm

Free for community projects... Must try for those looking for Python IDEs. Works out of the box.

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BobStein uses PyCharmPyCharm
  • great editor
  • helpful configurations, though tedious
  • online docs (rival stackoverflow)
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Seungkwon Park uses PyCharmPyCharm

처음 파이썬을 배웠을 때 pycharm으로 배웠습니다. 지금은 빔을 사용하기 때문에 사용하진 않습니다.

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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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