Review: 10 JavaScript editors compared

Sublime Text, TextMate, and Brackets lead a rich field in capabilities and speed

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At a Glance
  • MacroMates TextMate 2.0-beta 7.1

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  • Sublime HQ Pty Ltd Sublime Text 3.3083

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  • Adobe Systems Brackets 1.2

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JavaScript programmers have many good tools to choose from -- almost too many to keep track of. In this roundup, I discuss 10 text editors with good support for developing with JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS, and for documenting with Markdown. Why use an editor for JavaScript programming instead of an IDE? In a word: speed. 

The essential difference between editors and IDEs is that IDEs can debug and sometimes profile your code. IDEs also have support for application life cycle management (ALM) systems. Many of the editors I discuss here support at least one version control system, often Git, so that criterion is less of a differentiator between IDEs and editors than it used to be.

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