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As a Developer, it is very important to have right tools/IDEs to work. There are lot of IDEs available in markets, some of them are paid and some are free. Here, I have listed 5 top most useful IDEs, ranking them from usefulness and how easy to start working and if they are free or not.

I have included IDEs which are available in all three famous Operating Systems – Windows, Mac & Linux.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code

It is lightweight IDE that works really well and it’s really easy to download/install extensions that will customize the app to ones need. I’ve been using Sublime Text and Atom from long but once I started using Visual Studio Code, I became a fan instantly.

It includes lot features and some of them are:

  • It highlights your syntax and autocomplete with IntelliSense, which provides smart completions based on variable types, function definitions and imported modules.
  • You can debug your code directly from the editor. You may not need console.log() statement ever and can launch or attach to your running apps and debug with break-points, call stacks and an interactive console.
  • It also has Git integrated with it and other SCM Providers as well. You can review differences, stage files and make commits directly from the editor and push/pull from any hosted SCM Services.
  • If this is not enough you can install more extensions to add new languages, themes, debuggers and to connect additional services. Most exciting news is Extensions run in separate processes, so it won’t slow down your editor. Learn more about extensions.

Atom

Basically, Atom is a desktop application built with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js integration. It runs on Electron, a framework for building cross platform apps using web technologies. It is easy to customize and style Atom. Atom is a set of optional packages to bring IDE-like functionality to Atom and improve language integrations.

It has smarter context-aware auto-completion, code navigation features such as an outline view, go to definition and find all references. You can also hover-to-reveal information, diagnostics (errors and warnings) and document formatting. You can get all these features by installing the plugins in Atom. You can work with multiple/split Panes, built-in package manager to install plugins/ themes.

In general, it has everything you would expect from a IDE.

Sublime Text

Sublime Text is almost similar to Atom, only major difference is that the Sublime Text is a paid version. You can download Sublime Text and use for free, however a license must be purchased for continued using it. Currently, there is no enforced time limit for the evaluation.

It has so many good features like Goto Anything (Press ⌘ + P) to open files and instantly jumps to symbols, lines or words. You can select multiple words by Pressing ⌘ + D and change them at the same time, it also allows you to change lines, variables. Sublime Text has a powerful, Python API that allows plugins to augment built-in functionality. Package Control can be installed via the command palette, providing simple access to thousands of packages built by the community. Sublime Text also allows to change key bindings, menus, snippets, macros, etc, just about everything in Sublime Text is customizable with simple JSON files.

Projects in Sublime Text capture the full contents of the workspace, including modified and unsaved files. You can switch between projects in a manner similar to Goto Anything, and the switch is instant, with no save prompts – all your modifications will be restored next time the project is opened.

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