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Vim vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

Vim: Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. 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; Visual Studio Code: Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft. Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

Vim and Visual Studio Code can be categorized as "Text Editor" tools.

"Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)", "Fast" and "Highly configurable" are the key factors why developers consider Vim; whereas "Powerful multilanguage IDE", "Fast" and "Front-end develop out of the box" are the primary reasons why Visual Studio Code is favored.

Visual Studio Code is an open source tool with 78.4K GitHub stars and 10.9K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Visual Studio Code's open source repository on GitHub.

PedidosYa, Yahoo!, and triGo GmbH are some of the popular companies that use Visual Studio Code, whereas Vim is used by Lyft, Starbucks, and PedidosYa. Visual Studio Code has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1104 company stacks & 2298 developers stacks; compared to Vim, which is listed in 844 company stacks and 860 developer stacks.

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What is 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.

What is 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.
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What are some alternatives to Vim and Visual Studio Code?
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.
Neovim
Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.
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.
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.
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 Vim and Visual Studio Code
Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 12 upvotes · 58.4K 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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Denys
Denys
Software engineer at Typeform · | 7 upvotes · 38.2K views
atTypeformTypeform
Docker Compose
Docker Compose
Docker
Docker
Git
Git
Vim
Vim
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Go
Go
  • Go because it's easy and simple, facilitates collaboration , and also it's fast, scalable, powerful.
  • Visual Studio Code because it has one of the most sophisticated Go language support plugins.
  • Vim because it's Vim
  • Git because it's Git
  • Docker and Docker Compose because it's quick and easy to have reproducible builds/tests with them
  • @Archlinux (wtf it's not here?!) because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human's central nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
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Jacob Biehler
Jacob Biehler
Electron
Electron
TypeScript
TypeScript
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because it is great out of the box, it has an integrated terminal, and support for quite a few languages. As a developer who works with TypeScript, their tooling is amazing in the VSCode Marketplace. The best part about VSCode is that can be as lightweight or as decked out as you want it to be. Even though a lot of other IDE's are Electron apps just like VSCode I find that VSCode boots up the fastest. I've tried other IDE's and I always find myself coming back to VSCode.

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Atom
Atom
AngularJS
AngularJS
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Both are very good! But I started with Visual Studio Code when I started to work with AngularJS 4. I tried to use Atom too, but at that time Atom did not have good Angular plugins, in the other side VS Code has nice plugins for Angular. I do not know how is Atom now a days about this, but I think that it must have evolved.

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Dean Stringer
Dean Stringer
at Systemic Solutions · | 6 upvotes · 34.4K views
TypeScript
TypeScript
Electron
Electron
Atom
Atom
Eclipse
Eclipse
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Have been a Visual Studio Code user since just after launch to the general public, having used the likes of Eclipse and Atom previously. Was amazed how mature it seemed off the bat and was super intrigued by the bootstrapped nature of it having been written/based on Electron/TypeScript, and of course being an open-source app from Microsoft. The features, plugin ecosystem and release frequency are very impressive. I do dev work on both Mac and Windows and don't use anything else now as far as IDEs go.

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Markdown
Markdown
Docker
Docker
JSON
JSON
TypeScript
TypeScript
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Angular 2
Angular 2
#Sass
#HTML
#Java
#Typescript

More than year ago I was looking for the best editor of Angular 2 application and I've tried Visual Studio Code and Atom. Atom had performance issues that put me off completely to use it again. Visual Studio Code became my main editor #Typescript files (and partly editor of #Java files). I'm happy with Visual Studio Code and I've never look back on Atom. There wasn't any reason to try Atom again, because Visual Studio Code fulfills my requirements very well. I use it for editing of TypeScript, #HTML, #Sass, JSON, Docker and Markdown.

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Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code became available around the time my Atom editor started frustrating with hitching and slowdowns. It was likely some plugin I had installed, but a similar setup in Visual Studio Code ran just fine.

Since then they've made massive improvements, and turned it into an excellent IDE overall. I use only a fraction of its functionality, but unless you use some very obscure language, you're likely to find support for it.

Even out of the box it already supports much of what I need, and it now even recommends suitable plugins in many situations.

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 8 upvotes · 10.5K views
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

A few months ago, I decided I would try Visual Studio Code. I resisted for so long because I knew I would love it and would then have to find alternative extensions for the ones I have installed in Atom. Fast forward to today and I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

Extensions that I use:

What VSCode extensions do you use? 👇

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Kyle Maune
Kyle Maune
Software Engineer at Cooper Aerial · | 6 upvotes · 9.4K views
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom

I use Atom because it's been around long enough to have plugins for everything. It is very unlikely that there isn’t a plugin for your favorite language. It’s super easy to install plugins and packages (or to write your own!). The editor defaults are great: it’s the best default setup I’ve ever seen for a text editor. One can download this thing and get working immediately.

At the end of the day, most modern text editors are great. I do love Visual Studio Code as well! I often find myself switching between the two for no other reason other than just because.

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Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because it's better than Emacs. For the past ~2 years I've been working with a language called 'CM' created by a company called CET. This language is around 15 years old and looks a lot like C#. VSCode was the obvious choice for me having come from a Visual Studio (VB.NET C#.NET) background as with the CM Extension I didn't need to learn and/or remember ANY of the Emacs shortcuts. This tool has proven so popular that amongst my fellow 'CM' developers, there are now over 900 downloads of the extension (around 10 of those at least being from my own systems/reinstalls etc.)

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Vijay Manchi
Vijay Manchi
at Yammer · | 5 upvotes · 56.5K views
atYammerYammer
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because its fast, and has lot of extensions that makes development with many languages, frameworks and cloud services very easy. Also love the shortcut keys and the ability to customize the behavior of the IDE in lots of different ways. Another aspect of it thats nice is that it's very transparent. It allows us to see every piece of code, config etc. without automatically generating or hiding parts of it behind some GUI. So we will be exposed to every aspect of the development giving us better confidence and understanding of how the build, debugging, packaging, testing, publishing etc. works exactly.

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Julian Sanchez
Julian Sanchez
Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 8 upvotes · 29.2K views
atChore ChampionChore Champion
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 · 26.7K 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 · 66.5K 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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Reviews of Vim and Visual Studio Code
Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code takes writing code to the next level.

There is a great community out there, it is open source, it is lightning fast, and it just works out of the box.

It has a TON of useful extensions that can make the software do just about anything that you can imagine. It has GIT support directly within the software that doesn't require any extra plugins or configuration.

Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

I have been using VS code to develop Angular 2 application, it is great a highly support of Angular Directives and Services within HTML tags. It ease the development process of understanding syntax as a beginner in web development

How developers use Vim and Visual Studio Code
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Mick Dekkers uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

I love how responsive VS Code is, and the out-of-the-box intelligent code completion it provides for many JavaScript libraries and frameworks has been a great boost to my productivity. We also have it to thank for pioneering the language server protocol, which allows the development of code intelligence tools for any editor or IDE.

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Matt Welke uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Performant, flexible editor/IDE. My main programming languages (JavaScript, TypeScript and C#) have good support in it. Another language I plan to use more in the future, Go, has okay support right now which is improving.

Also, as a developer who prefers using Linux as a workstation OS, I appreciate it being cross-platform.

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Promethean TV uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The Visual Studio Code IDE is used by various technical staff to build software on a variety of languages supported by the IDE including C#, HTML/CSS/JS, etc.

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David Flynn uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Increasingly we are using VS Code more and more. It is very handy for working on Javascript, Powershell scrips, TSQL, markdown etc. Often use it's integrated terminals for spinning up APIs, running off tests and running various scripts.

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Kang Hyeon Ku uses VimVim

cli 환경에 익숙 해지지 위해 리눅스를 자주 쓰려고 했는데, 많이들 추천 하는 에디터가 vim 이 였다. 맨 처음에는 불편했는데, 플러그인 다는 재미가 솔솔 했다. 결국 플러그인도 많이 안쓰게 되더라...vim 자체를 잘 안쓰게 되는 거 일지도, 항상 잘하고 싶지만 잘 안쓰게 되는 에디터 인것 같다.

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papaver uses VimVim

my go to editor for all things. been a vimer for over a decade now. this is where all the magic happens. still so much to learn, the most amazing tool i use.

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Wing Tang Wong uses VimVim

Vim lets me edit the Markdown content of the Hugo powered site with ease. The low bandwidth needs means I can remote in and get changes updated without issues.

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Darren Buse uses VimVim

Tool a while to get used to but one of the best things I have learnt recently, great training from Drew Neil over at VimCasts.

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SmartLogic uses VimVim

Our developers use Vim, which is great for remote pair programming. We even have a server—Bruizer—set up to host shared terminal sessions.

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