Notepad++ is yet another open source text editor in the market. It resembles the vanilla notepad and improves it in every possible way for text editor purposes. Tons of programming languages are supported out of the box. The biggest advantage of Notepad++ over any other text editor listed here is the fact that it can manage huge files without any major lags or crashes. It is very fast and lightweight. Moreover, its functionality can be extended using hundreds of available plugins.
- Supports Syntax Folding and Syntax Highlighting.
- Auto-completion of words, functions and much more.
- Comes with WYSIWYG and multi-view support.
- Extensible using plugins.
- The UI is not the best out there. Needs improvements to meet current industry standards.
- The text editor can benefit from the addition of new language support.
- Too simplistic. New features are always welcome.
Notepad++ is for those who want simplistic UI and feature set. It is clean, fast and an excellent way to do the new stuff!
Atom is advertised as the hackable text editor for the 21st century. Atom was introduced a year ago with a focus on providing a hackable text editor. It resembles Sublime text and succeeds in providing similar experiences to Sublime. Just like any gem, it is also plagued with issues. The UI and UX are excellent and perfect for a great coding session. Other key features include the ability of auto-completion, file system browser, multiple panes and much more.
- Atom is open source and free to use.
- Tons of packages to use. Hence, highly customizable. Uses CoffeeScript to write packages.
- Hackable to the core, thanks to the modular design used by the text editor.
- Offers git control and package management features.
- Can be easily picked by up a beginner.
- Cannot handle large files and tends to crash if you load files above 10 MB in size.
- Consumes a lot of memory.
If you are looking for a free, open source text editor, Atom is an excellent choice. But, it is advisable to ignore Atom if you plan to work on large projects. It is available for all the three major OS and is completely portable.
Sublime Text editor is one best text editor in the market. It is a proprietary software with a focus on features. Not only it is a great alternative to a powerful IDE, but it is also lightweight and does the job with great efficiency and accuracy.
With tons of features to fiddle with, you will feel the power in your fingertip. But, just like any tool, nothing is perfect. Let’s go through the pros and cons of using the Sublime text editor.
- Sublime text is easy to use with excellent UI and UX.
- There are tons of sublime plugins available. The functionality can be improved easily, and customization is just one plugin installation away.
- Offers command palette for easy accessibility to snippets, settings and more.
- Offers multi-line editing and selection.
- Sublime text is not free. Considering that equally capable free text editors are available in the market, anyone can opt for the alternative.
- Updates are not frequent as used to in the past.
- Loading time is higher compared to the Notepad++.
- The quality of plugins is questionable.
Overall, Sublime text is an excellent text editor to work with. You can opt to use Sublime text for free by using the unending trial version. If you don’t like the idea of popups, you can purchase the editor for just $70 (one-time purchase). It works on all the three major OS — Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
Our last text editor that we will discuss in detail is “Brackets.” With open source tag, Brackets can be used by anyone. Brackets is not a universal text editor, but a text editor that focuses on front-end development, i.e. web design purposes. Support for front-end language is extensive, and that’s why you should only consider Brackets for front-end development.
- Brackets is a powerful text editor with a focus on web design.
- It is lightweight, modern and offers great UI.
- Offers live preview, preprocessor support, and inline editors.
- Comes with the inbuilt extension manager for easy extension management.
- Limited support for only web languages.
- Not up to par with other text editor commands and functionality.