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Sublime Text vs WebStorm: What are the differences?

Developers describe Sublime Text 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.. On the other hand, WebStorm is detailed as "The smartest JavaScript IDE". WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.

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

Some of the features offered by Sublime Text are:

  • Goto Anything
  • Multiple Selections
  • Command Palette

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

"Lightweight", "Plugins" and "Super fast" are the key factors why developers consider Sublime Text; whereas "Intelligent ide ", "Smart development environment" and "Easy js debugging" are the primary reasons why WebStorm is favored.

According to the StackShare community, Sublime Text has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1407 company stacks & 1334 developers stacks; compared to WebStorm, which is listed in 469 company stacks and 449 developer stacks.

Advice on Sublime Text and WebStorm
Johnny Bell

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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Erik Ostrom
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RubyMineRubyMine

If you're working with both Ruby and JavaScript, buy RubyMine and shut down the other two. It's much better for Ruby than Visual Studio Code is. It can also do everything WebStorm does, if you install the plugins you need from JetBrains, and they all work together nicely.

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Marc Swikull
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RubyMineRubyMine

If you install RubyMine, you shouldn't need WebStorm, as all the functionality of WebStorm appears to be included in RubyMine. (See here: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/a/132950).

I've used PhpStorm for several years and have never needed to open (or even download) WebStorm for anything front-end or JavaScript related.

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Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 133.2K views
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WebStormWebStorm
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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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Danny Battison
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PhpStormPhpStorm

JetBrains all the way - my entire team uses PhpStorm and none of us would even consider switching.

The availability of IDEs for other languages along with consistency in environment and keyboard shortcuts is also a godsend, which is the reason I'd also choose Rider over Visual Studio (but also VS for Mac is trash, but I digress...)

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I've never had much issue running multiple IDEs and generally pick them based on the languages they best support. For front end work where I mainly use TypeScript, I stick heavily with Visual Studio Code. However, for backend work which we do primarily in Python, PyCharm is my go-to editor. The one thing that I do however is I do remap keyboard shortcuts so I get consistent keyboard ability even when I switch IDEs.

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PhpStormPhpStorm

So here is the deal man, bottom line you want to write code. All of these tools are built in a mouse-driven world, they are designed not for engineers, but office monkeys. If you want a real workflow that gives you ultimate performance, customization and speed you need to use a modal editor, I suggest NeoVim. Start using it 20% of the time on single file edits, watch youtube videos about it and teach yourself vim gestures. It will infuriate you for 6 weeks, make you cry for another 2 months. But as you use it more, as long as your usage goes over 40% of the time, in 6 months you will understand why most of the world's too engineers use it. Settling on lesser editors out of laziness is exactly the attitude that results in shitty the engineering. Yeah it's hard. You're smart. You do hard things. Once it isn't hard anymore you will blow yourself away at how much more efficiently you edit files.

Also vim keybindings in a mouse driven editor does not cut it. Managing files, buffers and workflow is half of the value of vim/neovim. It is OK if you have to use an IDE (currently I only use an IDE for java development, so I have little choice)

So use VSCode while you teach yourself vim.

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If I have to choose one I would go with VS Code; it’s become pretty mature and keeps getting better. If those plugins are creating problems for you then just uninstall them, find an alternative, or make a PR to fix. But at the end of the day these are IDE’s and they are meant to save you time. I would go with whatever helps you develop code faster. If restarting VS code slows you down then make a switch, that personally would annoying the crap out of me. Else maybe it’s a quick restart, not the end of the word, hopefully someone will fix at some point.

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Visual Studio Code is a text editor. And this is best option in my opinion. For Ruby, I cannot say how VS Code is good. If you wanna choose IDE, RubyMine should fit your needs. Because IDEs are more compatible with major needs. But text editors are just text editor. You can do same things with also text editors. I recommend to try both VS Code and RubyMine. And you will be able to find which fits better for your needs

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Visiual Studio is the best

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Lungu Alexandru-Mihai
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VimVim

Well you can try for a while MacVim because it is already configured with tons of plugins. My favourite text editors are Sublime Text and TextMate which are lightweight and speedy. My feeling is that JetBrains IDEs are making you brainless.

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Kyle Schoonover
Senior Software Engineer at Nordstrom · | 2 upvotes · 98.8K views

I'm personally a Visual Studio Code fan. I've used it for both Go and Java. It really depends on the quality and support of the plugins. Typically VS Code doesn't crash as much as a bad plugin causes an unforeseen error. Make sure you stay up to date and look at alternative plugins.

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PhpStormPhpStorm

I usually have both running but do the bulk of my language work in the appropriate JetBrains flavor. One thing to watch out for in VS is that under the hood it is running the tools needed for whatever language you are working with. This is where tools like JetBrains shine. While I am sure you can tune the heck out of what you use in VS, the provides context and clarity...

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If you find something that works and are comfortable with it, stay with it. Changing IDE's and learning their idiosyncrasies takes valuable time away from programming while learning setups and keyboard short cuts. I personally use VS Code for cost and decent multiple language support. I've had issues occasionally with it locking up, but it is under heavy development and continually improving. I have also found it more intuitive for new programmers. ** Having profiles for different languages can reduce the amount of plugins running and issues they can cause.

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I've used all of these IDEs and VSC is probably the best overall. WebStorm, PHPStorm, and other Jetbrains IDEs are great for projects that only use the language that the IDE was designed for. But, Visual Studio Code on the other hand has so many extensions and works with so many languages.

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Are you using the prettier-vscode VSCode extension or prettier via prettier-eslint? The prettier-vscode extension recommends you...

Use prettier-eslint instead of prettier. Other settings will only be fallbacks in case they could not be inferred from ESLint rules.

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Decisions about Sublime Text and WebStorm
Kamaleshwar BN
Head of Engineering at Dibiz Pte. Ltd. · | 12 upvotes · 733.9K views

Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.

Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.

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Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 305.6K views

Since communication with Github is not necessary, the Atom is less convenient in working with text and code. Sublim's support and understanding of projects is best for us. Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface. We use a good theme for Sublim ayu-dark

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 662.8K views

I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!

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Pros of Sublime Text
Pros of WebStorm
  • 722
    Lightweight
  • 654
    Plugins
  • 641
    Super fast
  • 468
    Great code editor
  • 443
    Cross platform
  • 280
    Nice UI
  • 259
    Unlimited trial
  • 154
    Cmd + d is the best command ever
  • 92
    Great community
  • 47
    Package control, modules
  • 26
    Mac OS X support
  • 23
    Easy to get started with
  • 22
    Monokai
  • 21
    Built in Python
  • 21
    Everything you need without the bloat
  • 18
    Easy
  • 14
    Speed
  • 12
    Session & edit resuming
  • 10
    Package Control
  • 9
    Well Designed
  • 8
    Multiple selections
  • 7
    Nice
  • 7
    Fast, simple and lightweight
  • 7
    ALT + CMD + DOWN is the best command ever
  • 5
    So futuristic and convenient
  • 5
    It's easy to use, beautiful, simple, and plugins rule
  • 5
    Great
  • 5
    ALT + F3 the best command ever
  • 4
    Simple and clean design
  • 4
    Free
  • 4
    Find anything fast within entire project
  • 3
    Easy to use
  • 3
    UI + plugins
  • 3
    Sublime Merge (Git Integration)
  • 3
    Pretty
  • 3
    Hackable
  • 2
    Totally customizable
  • 2
    Color schemes and cmd+d
  • 2
    Material theme best theme forever
  • 184
    Intelligent ide
  • 125
    Smart development environment
  • 106
    Easy js debugging
  • 95
    Code inspection
  • 92
    Support for the Latest Technologies
  • 52
    Created by jetbrains
  • 50
    Cross-platform ide
  • 35
    Integration
  • 29
    Spellchecker
  • 24
    Language Mixing/Injection
  • 10
    Debugger
  • 9
    Local History
  • 8
    Web developer can't live without this
  • 6
    Angular.js support
  • 6
    Git support
  • 6
    Fast search
  • 5
    Built-in js debugger
  • 5
    JSON Schema
  • 5
    Awesome
  • 5
    Sass autocompletion
  • 5
    Running and debugging Node.js apps remotely
  • 5
    Better refactoring options
  • 5
    FTP
  • 5
    Smart autocompletion
  • 5
    Show color on the border next to hex string in CSS
  • 5
    There is no need to setup plugins (all from the box)
  • 4
    Protractor support out of the box
  • 4
    111
  • 4
    Node.js integration
  • 4
    TypeScript support
  • 4
    A modern IDE stuck in the 90s
  • 4
    Easy to use
  • 4
    Paid but easy to crack
  • 4
    Intelligent
  • 4
    Smart coding assistance for React
  • 3
    Great app
  • 3
    Dart support
  • 3
    Vagrant and SSH Console
  • 3
    Integrated terminal
  • 3
    Solid intelligent features
  • 3
    Docker intergration
  • 2
    Remote Files Syncronization
  • 2
    Grate debug tools for React Apps
  • 2
    Thank you very much
  • 2
    Unused imports inspection
  • 2
    Free for students
  • 2
    Easier to keep running than eclipse
  • 1
    Vim support
  • 1
    Less autocompletion

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Cons of Sublime Text
Cons of WebStorm
  • 7
    Steep learning curve
  • 4
    Flexibility to move file
  • 4
    Everything
  • 3
    Number of plugins doing the same thing
  • 3
    Doesn't act like a Mac app
  • 2
    Don't have flutter integration
  • 1
    Forces you to buy license
  • 1
    Not open sourced
  • 4
    Paid
  • 1
    Expensive

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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.

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 Sublime Text 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.
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.
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.
Brackets
With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, it is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser.
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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