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PyCharm vs WebStorm: What are the differences?

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!; WebStorm: The smartest JavaScript IDE. WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.

PyCharm and WebStorm can be categorized as "Integrated Development Environment" tools.

Some of the features offered by PyCharm are:

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

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

  • Coding assistance for JavaScript and TypeScript
  • Support for React and Angular
  • Built-in debugger for client-side JavaScript and Node.js

"Smart auto-completion", "Intelligent code analysis" and "Powerful refactoring" are the key factors why developers consider PyCharm; whereas "Intelligent ide ", "Smart development environment" and "Easy js debugging" are the primary reasons why WebStorm is favored.

Lyft, HelloReceipts, and Edify are some of the popular companies that use WebStorm, whereas PyCharm is used by Lyft, Abilian, and Critizr. WebStorm has a broader approval, being mentioned in 469 company stacks & 449 developers stacks; compared to PyCharm, which is listed in 372 company stacks and 527 developer stacks.

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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!

What is WebStorm?

WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.
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What are some alternatives to PyCharm and WebStorm?
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.
IntelliJ IDEA
Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
Jupyter
The Jupyter Notebook is a web-based interactive computing platform. The notebook combines live code, equations, narrative text, visualizations, interactive dashboards and other media.
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.
Anaconda
A free and open-source distribution of the Python and R programming languages for scientific computing, that aims to simplify package management and deployment. Package versions are managed by the package management system conda.
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Decisions about PyCharm and WebStorm
Russel Werner
Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 163.5K views
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Prettier
Prettier
ESLint
ESLint
WebStorm
WebStorm
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

We use Prettier because when we rebooted our front-end stack, I decided that it would be an efficient use of our time to not worry about code formatting issues and personal preferences during peer review. Prettier eliminates this concern by auto-formatting our code to a deterministic output. We use it along with ESLint and have 1st-class support in our WebStorm and Visual Studio Code editors.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 11 upvotes · 80.3K views
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Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
PhpStorm
PhpStorm
WebStorm
WebStorm
Prettier
Prettier
Ruby
Ruby
RubyMine
RubyMine
#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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Russel Werner
Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 5 upvotes · 23.3K views
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WebStorm
WebStorm
RubyMine
RubyMine
JavaScript
JavaScript

I work at the same company as you and I use WebStorm for 99% of my tasks. I also have RubyMine installed and use that when I have to tweak some backend code. I tried using RubyMine for JavaScript but was unhappy with how it felt and I believe that WebStorm is faster because it has less plugins and language extensions running. Summary: Buy and use WebStorm for primary development and keep VS Code around for when you have to touch Ruby.

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Cloudcraft uses WebStormWebStorm

WebStorm is the best IDE hands-down for JavaScript developers. Yes, there's more lightweight editors (and nothing beats vim when debugging remotely), but the sheer productivity of WebStorm is unparalleled. React/JSX support? Check. ES2015 support? You bet. Node.js profiling? Yes! Look, if you can't rename a class or variable reliably across a JavaScript project, follow references, debug (without console logs) your editor sucks. Don't use a editor that sucks, use WebStorm!

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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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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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GHA Technologies uses WebStormWebStorm

For all our team's coding because of its support of core libraries like angular and ruby on rails

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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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Promethean TV uses WebStormWebStorm

IDE used for development of various web applications and services at Promethean.

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Coolfront Technologies uses WebStormWebStorm

Developer's use for editing and developing Javascript projects.

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Seungkwon Park uses PyCharmPyCharm

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

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Riderman De Sousa Barbosa uses WebStormWebStorm

We just use because we love it :)... but is not required.

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