Nuclide vs PyCharm: What are the differences?
Nuclide and PyCharm can be categorized as "Integrated Development Environment" tools.
Some of the features offered by Nuclide are:
- Remote development. At Facebook, our web and back-end engineers work on remote development servers in our data centers. Nuclide provides a pair of packages that allow connections over SSH to a lightweight node daemon on the server, making possible remote file editing and syntax/type validation. Of course, this also works for VMs, enabling local development on HHVM, for example.
- Hack language support. The Hack codebase is one of the largest at Facebook. First-class Hack support — including syntax highlighting, type-checking, autocomplete, and click-to-symbol features — has been an important requirement on Nuclide from the start. We're also excited that the growing Hack community outside the company will be able to enjoy dedicated IDE support.
On the other hand, PyCharm provides the following key features:
- Syntax highlighting
- Auto-Indentation and code formatting
- Code completion
"Remote development with SSH" is the primary reason why developers consider Nuclide over the competitors, whereas "Smart auto-completion" was stated as the key factor in picking PyCharm.
Nuclide is an open source tool with 8K GitHub stars and 747 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Nuclide's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, PyCharm has a broader approval, being mentioned in 357 company stacks & 507 developers stacks; compared to Nuclide, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.