Where to begin as I compare code editors. For years I was a ‘sworn to the core’ Adobe Dreamweaver user….heck I was using it back when it was under Macromedia and wasn’t so “heavy”. It was amazing because it helped me in understanding code by designing something and then going into code view. I believe it was version 4 at the time and so much better than Adobe GoLive and the sorry for an excuse code editor Frontpage. Not to bash any code editor because designing web pages was fairly new with all the images and media. We’ve come along way since then.
So here is some external resources if you’d like to check out any of the editors I mention.
Brackets – http://brackets.io/
Sublime Text – http://www.sublimetext.com/
Dreamweaver – http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html
ColdFusion Builder – http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion-builder.html
Edge Code – Actually they are discontinuing Edge code and supporting Brackets
GoLive – No Longer produced
Frontpage – No Longer supported
For myself, I started taking a look at other code editors and there were some great ones and some ….I’m not really a fan of code editors. I’m just mentioning a couple here and it’s not really a pro/con debate but more of my experience using said products.
Anyways in my search to find another code editor I came across Adobe Edge Code a couple years ago and it seemed great. A stripped down editor and all your doing is hand coding…no snippets, no insert menu, no panels. It was pretty great. Then the catch, to use it you have to have Adobe Creative Cloud….another cost. So I searched on and came across the same almost identical editor called Brackets. Mind you it’s the same folks at Adobe that are creating this open source editor. It’s great because it does have add-ons for Git, Angular, and various other extensions but they don’t get in your way.
Another editor I keep hearing about is Sublime Text which I downloaded, tried but honestly I feel like I’m pulling teeth here. Not sure what it is but I feel like I’m constrained in this editor. I can change the theme of the editor like Brackets. There are various technologies which you can code in but I’m just not feeling it. There is a cost that I saw of 70 dollars. Yea I’m a bit stingy right now so no need to whip out the credit card on something I may not use longer than a month. I’ll go through a course/book and see how I fair but honestly I feel like Brackets is the right code editor for me. Not sure what you look for in an editor but if you have a comment or a suggestion I’d like to hear it.