When it comes to coding, every individual has their likes and dislikes. Some like their braces on a new line, some don’t. Some like their IDEs blinding white, some like them blackhole black.
Amongst all these preferences, there are several options when it comes to a programmer’s primary tool, the IDE or text editor they use to write code. In this article, we go over some of the top IDEs and text editors we think you’d like.
Atom is the go-to editor for anyone looking for a clean, minimalistic workspace with excellent Git integration. It offers a bunch of customisation choices to tailor down everything to your liking.
It has auto code completion built in along with diagnostics for errors and warnings. Not only you can code in pretty much any language you want, but you also get real-time collaboration and editing between teams with TeleType.
Oh, and the best part, it’s free.
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 though, because of the Java specialities that are baked into the editor.
The IDE also has cloud capabilities that allow coders to code globally without any fear of 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, there are a huge number of plugins available to make this editor truly your own.
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 a lot of other editors out there.
It also features built-in FTP/SFTP services, Git integration and many code-formatting shortcuts that will make your life as a programmer way 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. You can also work on multiple files at the same time thanks to a tab-based interface.
You can search for code using precise search criteria. It also allows users to quickly define the terms they are using, instead of having to look 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 explanation 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 IDE’s 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 be using this way more than you thought you would.
The sheer ease of use offered by Nano merely is unmatched. It can open any file, any text, any programming language. You can write any file in any extension or programming language just by typing in a single command in your terminal.
Also read: Terminal vs Graphical User Interface