Review: 7 JavaScript IDEs put to the test

WebStorm and Visual Studio Code lead a field of rich and capable integrated tools for JavaScript programming

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At a Glance
  • JetBrains WebStorm 10.0.2

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  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 4

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  • Oracle NetBeans IDE 8.0.2

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  • ActiveState Komodo IDE 9.0.1

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JavaScript is used for many different kinds of applications today. Most often, JavaScript is mixed with HTML5 and CSS to build Web front ends. But JavaScript is also being used to build mobile applications, and it’s finding an important place on the back end in the form of Node.js servers. Fortunately, JavaScript development tools -- both editors and IDEs -- are rising to meet the new challenges.

In a companion article, I discuss the current crop of JavaScript editors. In this article, I’ll discuss the IDEs. As you’ll see, some of them are very good indeed, while others -- even ones with familiar names and good reputations -- have fallen into neglect and aren’t worth your time. To spare the guilty, I have dropped their embarrassing scores and lists of weak pros and strong cons, but I still discuss them.

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