DEV Community

Cover image for Sublime Text 4 is here, can it convert you? (Snack Pack #6)
Blake Campbell
Blake Campbell

Posted on

Sublime Text 4 is here, can it convert you? (Snack Pack #6)

It hasn't converted me.

Benefits Large files and memory

VSCode is without a doubt a fantastic experience when you get your workflow set up. VSCode also is a memory hog in comparison to Sublime Text 4.

Not an extensive test.

My VSCode has extensions running vs. a clean install of Sublime Text 4. The same project and tabs are open in each editor.

The difference in memory is vast.

Screen Shot 2021-05-21 at 11.19.49 AM
Screen Shot 2021-05-21 at 11.20.29 AM

This doesn't bug me. My laptop has plenty of memory to use. If your workstation is limited, it's worth the mention. VSCode also has many more things I use, from the git integration to a snippet library I've written. Again not a fair comparison for memory usage.

My history with Text editors

Sublime Text 2 -> Atom -> VSCode

Starting with Sublime then moving to Atom. Atom was my favorite for years with the extensions. I even bought the coffee mug.

After arriving at VSCode, I don't think I'm changing anytime soon. There are too many tools and plugins that make my job easier. There are a million articles about the extension marketplace and making your own.

When would I switch full-time?

Honestly, if Sublime Text integrated with VSCode's marketplace, that'd be the only thing to get me to switch. I'm not even sure if that's possible, but my entire flow has been built around VSCode.

Even then, I need to buy a license.

What do you think about the new version of Sublime Text? Is it worth the download?

My snack pack reads are intended for a quick read without any fluff and provide actionable items.

Top comments (5)

tamirazrab profile image

Something similar happened to me, vscode was taking up too much ram along with tabnine which was taking even more then vscode, I had my 80-90% memory in usage, which did some typing lags which was pretty annoying so decided to shift to neovim, spent almost a week on configuration, same project neovim was taking 48mb vs 350mb or it was 450mb maybe which was super huge, cause I wasn't planning to leave tabnine, but again switched back to vscode due to some features which really speeds up the development like auto imports, i was having terrible problems using emmet inside neovim, maybe configured wrongly but that was too much time waste - again reading docs, checking configs especially when you are new to vim world. Don't know about sublime, I might give it a try if I can mimic exact workflow in sublime, but not anytime soon, as now i've decided to get another ram stick.

tabnine profile image

Hi Tamir, are you using Tabnine locally?
You can register Tabnine hub and enable Tabnine Cloud in your IDE.

moopet profile image
Ben Sinclair

What do you think about the new version of Sublime Text? Is it worth the download?

I haven't tried it. To me, it's not worth the download; in fact it's not worth anything at all. There are so many good editors around already, why would I want to use a proprietary one? Why would I want to add myself to their stats and encourage anyone else to use a proprietary editor?

Even if I did, I'd end up using it in some kind of Vim-emulation mode, at which point I might as well be using any other editor anyway.

tfantina profile image
Travis Fantina

I like the Idea of Sublime from a performance standpoint I just have trouble shelling out all that money for something I'm going to have to configure when I already have everything configured in another text editor.

My history with text editors:

Of course I've used several others, Text Wrangler, VS Code, Panic's Nova but I always go back to Atom.

loopmode profile image
Jovica Aleksic

My path as a pure Frontend dev was indeed Flash -> Flex Builder (=eclipse) -> Eclipse -> Sublime -> VS Code

Having been working with eclipse on JavaScript Frontend projects, Sublime was a blessing. And I used it for a long time. I actually did buy the license etc- and I don't understand anyone who complains about it, considering what we earn and how we rely on our tools. I skipped Atom for it's sluggishness, but i was amazed by the idea that an Editor itself is just HTML+JS+CSS.
Then came VS Code, and I never looked back.
I do still have sublime installed and use it a lot as a viewer because it is still much faster than vs code. Startup time, and especially of course large files.
Plus it has excellent coloring plugins/viewers for log files, which vs code..well doesn't.
Still, i work using vs code exclusively. I'm looking forward to checking new sublime nonetheless.