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TIP-ical Tuesday: Code Editors

By Bobby Riley on 7/14

Whether you’re a programmer or a front end designer, there are a plethora of editors. Finding one that suits your workflow can have an impact on productivity.

A code editor is like your personal assistant — you have to find one that fits you.

How can a code editor benefit you?

  1. They can help you be more efficient at writing code,
  2. examine code for fewer mistakes/debugging,
  3. and show you where specific edits need to be made.

Just as importantly, your editor should be customizable, allowing for a better UI and intuitive user experience. 

With over dozens of different editors, how do you know which one to choose?

Here are a few to help you get started:

*Disclaimer: some text editors require a product license in order to take advantage of all its capabilities.*

Sublime Text

Off the bat, it’s a little pricey for a full product license, but it’s not the most expensive. You can utilize the unregistered version, but there are some functions not available.

With that being said, it is my number one choice. It’s an editor that is incredibly fast and lightweight, almost immediate from launching the application. Sublime is incredibly customizable and extensible. Very impressed with the overall reliability of this program with over a handful of plugins installed and a file extending over 20k lines.

Visual Studio Code

This is an editor developed by Microsoft and is shockingly an open-source software. Visual Studio is one of the few to be considered an IDE (Integrated development environment). 

Like Microsoft fashion, it’s gotta warm up a bit before launching. With it being a pretty robust software it can handle some functions with ease, such as Gitcommits or a laundry list of folders filled with content. I should also mention that it has a built-in terminal along with Gitsupport integrated as well.

Atom

Developed by the one and only Github themselves, it is very open-source. When it was in its initial development stages it had a heavy aesthetic influence from Sublime. Since it’s developed by Github it has the upper hand on other software with Github and Git with its out of the box integration. Historically, Atom has had some stability and performance issues. From my knowledge, a majority of that has been addressed and fixed. But it was a large issue that turned me away. Outside of that, it launches a bit slow but once up and running it’s reliable and quick to use.

  • Website: https://atom.io
  • Price: Also Free
  • Stability: Medium
  • Speed: Medium
  • UI/UX: HighCustomization: High

Back-end and front-end design can be tricky, but with the right help, you can create amazing websites with a quicker turnover rate.

Which editor works best for you?

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