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PhpStorm vs Sublime Text: What are the differences?

Developers describe PhpStorm as "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. On the other hand, Sublime Text is detailed as "A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose". 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..

PhpStorm can be classified as a tool in the "Integrated Development Environment" category, while Sublime Text is grouped under "Text Editor".

Some of the features offered by PhpStorm are:

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

On the other hand, Sublime Text provides the following key features:

  • Goto Anything
  • Multiple Selections
  • Command Palette

"Best ide for php", "Easy to use" and "Functionality" are the key factors why developers consider PhpStorm; whereas "Lightweight", "Plugins" and "Super fast" are the primary reasons why Sublime Text is favored.

Lyft, Starbucks, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Sublime Text, whereas PhpStorm is used by Lyft, PedidosYa, and Docplanner. Sublime Text has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1399 company stacks & 1308 developers stacks; compared to PhpStorm, which is listed in 637 company stacks and 493 developer stacks.

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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.

What is 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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Decisions about PhpStorm and Sublime Text
Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 12 upvotes · 48.6K views
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom
Vim
Vim
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
#TextEditor

I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

  • your fingers literally don’t ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
  • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
  • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won’t need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 17 upvotes · 62K views
Prettier
Prettier
Git
Git
Magento
Magento
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
PhpStorm
PhpStorm
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
#PHP
#Frontend

I've been in the #frontend game for about 7 years now. I started coding in Sublime Text because all of the tutorials I was doing back then everyone was using it. I found the speed amazing compared to some other tools at the time. I kept using Sublime Text for about 4-5 years.

I find Sublime Text lacks some functionality, after all it is just a text editor rather than a full fledged IDE. I finally converted over to PhpStorm as I was working with Magento and Magento as you know is mainly #PHP based.

This was amazing all the features in PhpStorm I loved, the debugging features, and the control click feature when you click on a dependency or linked file it will take you to that file. It was great.

PhpStorm is kind of slow, I found that Prettier was taking a long time to format my code, and it just was lagging a lot so I was looking for alternatives. After watching some more tutorial videos I noticed that everyone was using Visual Studio Code. So I gave it a go, and its amazing.

It has support for everything I need with the plugins and the integration with Git is amazing. The speed of this IDE is blazing fast, and I wouldn't go back to using PhpStorm anymore. I highly recommend giving Visual Studio Code a try!

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Atom
Atom
Sublime Text
Sublime Text

I used to be a hardcore fan of Sublime Text. I am not a coder so I only use it for quick scripts or to play around. I don't spend hours and hours a day within Sublime Text though. However, last year (2017) a colleague, a developer, showed me Atom - a game changer. Love the customisation and overall feel while coding. Again, I am not spending hours a day within but I've noticed I've spent more time playing around and coding stuff since i've moved to Atom.

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Julian Sanchez
Julian Sanchez
Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 8 upvotes · 21.1K views
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Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Live Share
Visual Studio Live Share
Sublime Merge
Sublime Merge
Git
Git
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because it is a super flexible code editor that can be customized to function like a full IDE. It has great git and terminal integrations out of the box compared to Atom and Sublime Text

It has so many extensions and boots up pretty fast even with all my extensions.

Feel free to checkout my settings: VS Code Settings

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Gustavo Muñoz
Gustavo Muñoz
Web UI Developer at Globant · | 3 upvotes · 20.7K 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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Labinator Team
Labinator Team
at Labinator · | 13 upvotes · 47.8K views
atLabinatorLabinator
Debian
Debian
Manjaro
Manjaro
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
WordPress
WordPress
PHP
PHP
Vanilla.JS
Vanilla.JS
Sass
Sass
CSS 3
CSS 3
HTML5
HTML5

At labinator.com, we use HTML5, CSS 3, Sass, Vanilla.JS and PHP when building our premium WordPress themes and plugins. When writing our codes, we use Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code depending on the project. We run Manjaro and Debian operating systems in our office. Manjaro is a great desktop operating system for all range of tasks while Debian is a solid choice for servers.

WordPress became a very popular choice when it comes to content management systems and building websites. It is easy to learn and has a great community behind it. The high number of plugins as well that are available for WordPress allows any user to customize it depending on his/her needs.

For development, HTML5 with Sass is our go-to choice when building our themes.

Main Advantages Of Sass:

  • It's CSS syntax friendly
  • It offers variables
  • It uses a nested syntax
  • It includes mixins
  • Great community and online support.
  • Great documentation that is easy to read and follow.

As for PHP, we always thrive to use PHP 7.3+. After the introduction of PHP 7, the WordPress development process became more stable and reliable than before. If you a developer considering PHP 7.3+ for your project, it would be good to note the following benefits.

The Benefits Of Using PHP:

  • Open Source.
  • Highly Extendible.
  • Easy to learn and read.
  • Platform independent.
  • Compatible with APACHE.
  • Low development and maintenance cost.
  • Great community and support.
  • Detailed documentation that has everything you need!

Why PHP 7.3+?

  • Flexible Heredoc & Nowdoc Syntaxes - Two key methods for defining strings within PHP. They also became easier to read and more reliable.
  • A good boost in performance speed which is extremely important when it comes to WordPress development.
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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 10 upvotes · 15.9K views
atStackShareStackShare
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 PhpStorm and Sublime Text
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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.

Avatar of Shivafeb17
Senior Web Developer at Adjetter Media Network Pvt Ltd
Review ofSublime TextSublime Text

There are many Text Editors and IDEs available for PHP. Sublime Text is the best of all. Super lite-weight.

How developers use PhpStorm and Sublime Text
Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
Ana Phi Sancho uses Sublime TextSublime Text

Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative.Switching between projects is also lightning fast. Clean interface, quick startup, superb flexibility and powerful features. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later, Windows 7 & 8, Linux

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Dan Ward uses Sublime TextSublime Text

My favorite code editor. So much power and elegance in one package, and more plugins than you can shake a stick at! And the Package Control package manager makes it easy to keep up with them all.

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A. M. Douglas uses Sublime TextSublime Text

It's simple and very malleable. You can use it anywhere. You can customise it to behave as you want it to behave, look as you want it to look. And you can use it on any desktop operating system.

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David Flynn uses Sublime TextSublime Text

We use this as it has some great text editing capabilities and a real time saver for when working on various data related tasks. This is simply a great text editor.

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Cooperative Computing uses Sublime TextSublime Text

We found Sublime Text as the best text editor on the web. It's fast, reliable, cheap and have tons of extensions available with a big supportive community.

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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.

Avatar of BrightMachine
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.

Avatar of Christian Bryant
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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