Top 10 code editors for programmers in 2018
The Technological Industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the modern world. With Artificial Intelligence taking the world by storm and smart devices filling every void in our day-to-day lives, it is fair to say that Technology has made a world smaller and diligent. These developments have paved ways for the creation and development of numerous programming languages to keep with the pace of this challenging industry.
In a recent survey conducted by researchers, it was stated that the world will very soon be short of dynamic developers and regulated programmers. Thus, big tech companies are often on the look-out for coders with creative minds who can write unblemished fragment of codes and to create such pieces of codes, a coder needs an optimal code editor.
Only a coder understands the situation of a single syntax error or a missing semi-colon among thousands of lines of codes. Hence, comes the need of a well-built code editor that can guide a coder through its errors and help in the modeling of a superlative program.
The features of a good code editor are:
- Helps in faster execution of a program.
- Generates error messages accurately.
- Compiles or Interpretes codes efficiently.
Here, we take in account some of the best code editors ranked in StackOverflow Developer Survey 2018
1.Visual Studio Code
With over 34.9% loyal coders utilizing VS Code’s amazing features, this code editor tops our list of the most trusted editors. Developed by Microsoft, this editor is supported across operating systems like Windows, Linux, and MacOS. Based on the Electron framework, VS Code is used to execute software operating on the Blink Layout engine.
Key features of Visual Studio Code:
- Coders can edit their codes side-by-side.
- Has in-built Visual Code IntelliSense supporting .NET codes.
- Contains an embedded Command Palette.
- Supports debugging for various plug-ins of languages.
2. Visual Studio
Note: Not to be confused with Visual Studio Code.
Another Microsoft-developed code editor, Visual Studio is the predecessor of the now-dominant Visual Studio Code. It comes in handy with an Integrated Development Environment or IDE and finds its utilization in computer programs, websites, web apps, web services and mobile apps. It isn’t far behind its sibling VS Code and boasts of 34.3% users worldwide.
Key features of Visual Studio:
- Operates syntax highlighting and code completion using IntelliSense.
- Bestows an in-built auto-hide feature.
- Designing options available for HTML, CSS and XML.
- Supports a macro recording environment.
- Designed with a robust schema.
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Notepad++ is an integrated text cum source code editor available only on Microsoft Windows. It provides users the independence to operate on multiple files within a single window with the help of Tabbed editing. Developed by Don Ho in the year 2003, this code editor has a user base of 34.2% and is popular among beginners as it comes free of cost.
Key features of Notepad++:
- Comes in with an auto-save feature.
- Supports split-screen editing.
- Provides guided indentation.
- Works in a macro surrounding.
- Helps in easy bookmarking with its Line Bookmarking feature.
4. Sublime Text
Masterpiece of famous programmer Jon Skinner, Sublime Text works in an Application Programming Interface (API) with Python. This source code editor supports programming as well as markup languages and provides customized plug-in add-ons to its 28.9% users.
Key features of Sublime Text:
- Fast navigation of files or lines using the Goto Anything keyword.
- Supports a wide variety of languages.
- The latest version consists of the Retina Display option.
- Contains a Command Pallete similar to VS Code.
- Quick Skip Next function is also added to the latest 2018 feature list.
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Vim or originally called as Vi IMproved was initially the creation of Bran Moolenaar with developments to Unix’s Vi Text Editor. Licensed under the GNU General Public License, this software is distributed freely to users willing to donate to the children of Uganda. Vim stands currently at 25.8% users and dropped 2 positions since 2015. The software works for command-line and graphical-line interfaces.
Key features of Vim:
- Uses Vim Script for scripting languages.
- Supports languages such as Perl, Python, Ruby and Lua with the help of plug-ins.
- Contains built-in functions such as map() and filter().
Developed by tech biggie JetBrains, IntelliJ stands at 24.9% users and have been on the rise ever since its official launch way back in 2001 with its recent developments in April 2018. It is actually a Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which also consists of a text editor. It supports operating systems like Windows, MacOS and Linux. IntelliJ’s structure includes AppCode, CLion, PhpStorm, PyCharm, RubyMine, WebStorm, and MPS.
Key features of IntelliJ:
- Provides an all-round integrated support for database languages like Microsoft SQL Server, ORACLE, PostgreSQL, and MySQL.
- Also used in Android testing.
7. Android Studio
A combined effort of both Google and JetBrains and developed on IntelliJ, Android Studio (as the name suggests) was specially built for Android Environment Development but is available on Windows, Linux and macOS. Android Studio gloats of over 19.3% loyal users.
Key features of Android Studio:
- Consists of a user-friendly interface.
- In-built assist for Google Cloud Platform and also Firebase Cloud Messaging.
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Initially designed for developing Java Programs alone, with recent developments users can add plug-ins to execute programs in various languages such as C#, C, C++, COBOL, Fortran, etc. It has a user base of 18.9%.
Key features of Eclipse:
- Supports LaTex and Mathematica.
- Available on Solaris as well.
Atom is one of the most sought-after text editors developed by GitHub which is supported on Linux, macOS and Windows. It is also based on the Electron framework and is scripted in CoffeeScript and Less with a user base of 18% even though it was launched in 2015.
Key features of Atom:
- Provides a user-friendly interface.
- Works on softwares using Chromium.
Another genius creation by JetBrains and integrated with Python, this IDE works with web development under Django. 12% of programmers prefer PyCharm.
Key features of PyCharm:
- Used in Python development under Google App Engine.
- Also provides integration support for web2py and Flask.
Top 10 code editors for programmers in 2018
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