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What is the best code editor?

I am on the search for the best code editor, what are your picks?

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Michiel Hendriks

The one that also does my laundry.

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Alexandre Jacques • Edited

It varies on what I need to do. My main editor is VIM. I use it for Python and JS. My setup is pretty slick and not many plugins or configurations.

I have some freelance stuff that needs to be done in Java. And for that, no better choice than IntelliJ Idea (I even pay for the commercial version).

From time-to-time I try VS Code but, as far as it goes, my brain is too deep into VIM. Even with VIM keybidings I don't feel confortable enough.

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Thomas H Jones II

VIM? Ugh. ed is the one, true editor. =)

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Tharun Shiv

VS Code is my preference.


  1. Boots and works fast
  2. Extentions like live server, prettier, programming language based extentions, Emmet, Git Lens and more
  3. Git integration
  4. Integrated terminal
  5. Themes


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Sublime Text for performance reasons. VS Code is ok once in a while, but I come back to ST.

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Ryan Faulhaber

I'm a recent convert to emacs, so, emacs.

I think the editor you use is largely a personal preference, as each editor offers different things for different needs, and everyone has different needs! But the thing that blows me away about emacs is that it's so flexible that it can be pretty much anything. Sure atom, vscode, and vim are extensible, but with emacs it feels much less limited. emacs isn't the fastest or flashiest editor, sure, but what it lacks in trendiness it makes up for in features.

I specifically use doom emacs because emacs out of the box is quite a daunting program, and, as a former vim user, it's made the transition to emacs quite seamless (in fact it's like using a more sophisticated vscode).

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Simanto Rahman • Edited

Till now, Visual Studio Code (VS Code) has been a text editor that has blurred the line between IDE and text editors. I use it like an IDE with heavy extensions helping me making things simpler. My main use-cases are ASP.NET Core, Docker and React. I work with python here and there. And the support it has for all 4 of those is phenomenal.

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Peter Street • Edited

I'd suggest that this is dependent on what you want to do and what your requirements are. Use the best tools for your job. For some, this will be the likes of Visual Studio Code. Others will use Eclipse, JetBrains solutions, 'full-fat' Visual Studio or even something like Vim, emacs or Notepad++...

For scratch operations, things like LinqPad or certain cloud services are useful.

In the interests of answering honestly, I don't think there is a true 'one-size-fits-all' answer to this question.

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riidom • Edited

I like to have a specialist, a generalist and an occasionalist.

Specialist depends on the language. If you write a lot Lua, it might be worth evaluating Zerobrane, for example. For Java and PHP such specialists exist too, and probably for other languages as well.

Generalist should deal equally well with all languages. I hail with the VS Code mob here.

Occasionalist should be mostly crazy fast to start up. I use these when I do quick edits in single files (so, nothing project-based, or let's call it folder-based). Start, edit, save, quit. And when I do the same a minute later, I dont feel stupid, because it's my occasionalist :) On Windows, Notepad++ is a solid choice, on Kubuntu, I use Kate, for example.

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jan paul • Edited

my journey:

notepadd++, sublime, atom, und now finally VSC

it would still be atom, but the perf issues, idk

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krishna kakade

VSCODE takes the cup 🏆🥇

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Taylor Beeston

I have found neovim with the right combination of plug-ins and init.vim settings to be better than any other editor I've tried despite giving VSCode, Atom and Sublime Text tries every once in a while.

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Adnan Babakan (he/him)

I think PhpStorm is the best IDE for web development. All in all, IntelliJ based IDEs are the best.

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Same, it's features just save you so much time. Worth every penny.

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Dylan Anderson

SublimeText. I've tried VS Code and it is pretty nice, but for my workflow it doesn't do anything SublimeText doesn't already.

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Are you a unicorn that's actually bought a license?

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Dylan Anderson

"Unicorn" is awfully kind ;)

But yes, I did buy a license - I like to support the software that makes my life easier. Plus, work actually bought the license.

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dogers profile image

Well good job! :)

I see a lot of people using it with the unlimited trial who just shrug when I ask why.. I just shake my head and go back to VSC :(

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Maciej Cieslik

Why licence when there's limetext?

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Jetbrains products are the bomb! I love the functionality of Webstorm, Clion, and Intellij, integrations are amazing and their intellisense is second to none!

Only downside is they are a little heavy weight :(.