Though a wide variety of online and offline editing tools have been introduced in the market today, nothing can lessen down the importance and need of text editors. From editing a college essay, to writing long blocks of code, you can edit anything using a text editor.
Text editors are a dedicated program to open, view, and edit the plain text files and unlike the Word Processor, they do not add formatting to the texts. They are purely focused on editing plain texts. For example, if you are working on an Apple MacBook, the NotesApp can technically be regarded as your text editor on that system. If you are using a Windows-based computer, then a NotePad can be your basic text-editing program.
Now, before analyzing which text editor is better, let us first check out why text editors are so important?
The majority of features in all text editors are similar. Let us check some of them that are of immense advantage from a coder’s perspective:
· Like Word Processor, Text Editing software is easy-to-use and navigates easily.
· It has a ‘Find and Replace’ feature that helps you to change a single word in the whole file with a few clicks only.
· Cut, Copy, Paste feature is again similar to Word Processor.
· Unlike Word Processor, it can handle UTF-8 encoded text.
· Unlike Word Processor, it has a Syntax Highlighting feature that makes it easier to read code and pick up errors.
· It holds customizable appearance like modifying color schemes, font sizes, etc.
· It is scriptable and offers some plugin mechanism. It lets the programmer customize the editor with an additional feature.
Now, let us move to discuss the two premier Text Editing solutions available for all types of users.
1. Sublime Text
Sublime Text Editor though costs up to $80 for three years of span, but it also comes with a free trial. It works on all Mac, Linux, and Windows-based machines for business as well as personal usage. It is a proprietary cross-platform source code editor that comes with the Python application programming interface (API). It supports many programming and markup languages natively and allows the users to add functions community-built functions that are maintained under free-software licenses. The stable version 3.2.2 Build 3211 of this text editor is released on October 1, 2019.
2. Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code is a Microsoft produced source-code editor that works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS. It supports GitHub, embedded Git Control, debugging, snippets, intelligent code completion, syntax highlighting, and code refactoring features. The system is highly customizable and allows the users to change the keyboard shortcuts, theme, preferences, and install extensions that add additional functionality. It is a free and open-source text editing solution that has been released under MIT license.
Visual Studio Code can be used with a variety of programming languages. It is based on Electron – an open source framework that is used to deploy Node.js applications. The stable version 1.39.2 of the software has been released on October 16, 2019.
A small comparative analysis on this;
When Sublime Text is just a ‘text editor,’ Visual Studio Code is an exceptional Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Sublime Text is, though, an excellent framework that offers the quickest way to organize and write your code, it cannot debug the code. On the other hand, Visual Studio Code allows the programmers to both write and test code.
Sublime Text is best for beginners. It is quick and easy to write code and navigate throughout the interface. Visual Studio Code offers more hand-holding, but it is a perfect option for debugging functionality.
The above comparison is only based on few parameters. The best way to understand the software would be to download and give a try that seems suitable for your project.