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Top 7 IDEs and Text Editors to code

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When it comes to coding, every individual has their likes and dislikes. Some like their braces on a new line, and some don’t. Some like their IDEs blinding white, and some like them blackhole black.

Amongst all these preferences, there are several options for a programmer’s primary tool, the IDE or text editor they use to write code. This article reviews some of the top IDEs and text editors we think you’d like.


Atom is the go-to editor for a clean, minimalistic workspace with excellent Git integration. It offers a bunch of customisation choices to tailor everything to your liking.

It has auto-code completion and diagnostics for errors and warnings. You can code in pretty much any language you want and get real-time collaboration and editing between teams with TeleType.

Oh, and the best part is, it’s free.

Also read: Top 10 programming languages to learn in 2019


Eclipse is an open-source IDE that specialises in Java. However, it also supports C/C++, PHP and other mainstream languages. It is mostly used for Java only because of the Java specialities baked into the editor.

The IDE also has cloud capabilities that allow coders to code globally without fearing losing their data. There’s also a built-in marketplace using which various tools and plugins can be easily installed.

Visual Studio Code

VSCode or Visual Studio Code is a highly versatile standalone coding environment. While it seems pretty basic by default, a huge number of plugins are available to make this editor your own.

VSCode supports pretty much every programming language, including PHP, C#, Python and JavaScript, to name a few. Also, all of the supported languages have many plugins based on them.

The place where VSCode stands out, however, is its debugging capabilities. The editor is a strong contender to Atom and has been giving some fierce competition to many other editors out there.


Top 7 IDEs and Text Editors to code Python, Java, C++, HTML and more

Netbeans is free to use IDE capable of processing Java, PHP, C/C++, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The IDE features an intelligent-IntelliSense feature that can fill not only programing language methods but also your CSS styles, image/file paths, etc.

It also features built-in FTP/SFTP services, Git integration and many code-formatting shortcuts that will make your life as a programmer easier. It is debug-ready for almost all programming languages.

NetBeans has everything you could ask for in an IDE. An all-powerful package that is completely free to use.


PyCharm is a dedicated IDE for the Python programming language. It includes several essential features such as colour-coordinated code, auto code completion and quick fixes. Thanks to a tab-based interface, you can also work on multiple files simultaneously.

You can search for code using precise search criteria. It also allows users to quickly define their terms instead of looking through multiple tabs. There are also a host of customisation options available for the IDE.


CLion is an IDE for C/C++, which is extremely beginner friendly. It comes with automatic headers and pre-written classes, which can save time or fix silly mistakes. Variables are also colour coded so that you can easily identify and find them.

Error messages offer detailed explanations and code suggestions. You even get variable tips as you write code. There are a bunch of other helpful options as well as customisation options.

All that goodness, however, comes at a price. For the standard IDE, CLion is $199.00. The All Products Pack includes complete access to other IDEs, such as Resharper Ultimate and IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate and is $649.00 a year.


If you work and live in a terminal, you know what I’m talking about, but in case you don’t, Nano is a preinstalled text editor in most Unix distributions. While it’s not heavy on features and user-friendliness, once you know your way around a terminal, you’ll use this way more than you thought.

The sheer ease of use offered by Nano merely is unmatched. It can open any file, any text, and any programming language. You can write any file in any extension or programming language by typing in a single command in your terminal.

Also read: Terminal vs Graphical User Interface

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: