Now, with each passing day, the Web is becoming more complex and challenging for the front-end developers and web engineers to handle. Since productivity is necessary to sustain your presence; it is high time you one up your skills. An IDE can help to maximize output and help meet project deadlines without headaches.
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- Set your eyes to search out something extensible, flexible and easy to use.
- The IDE should also load fast and have quick shortcut keys to increase productivity.
- Make Sure support is provided for Intellisense programming, syntax highlighting, code folding.
- Don’t spend a lot of money. Open-source and free IDEs are good.
- There should be debugging tools built into the IDE.
- It should Support HTML and CSS(No web page is ever made without them).
- Features like AutoCompletion of syntaxes such as bracers, common functions and more should be provided.
- Also, keep your eyes peeled for Flow Analysis to identifying different errors within the code.
JetBrains is one of the leading IDE development company. In the past, they have developed wonderful IDE’s for Python, Ruby, and other programming languages.
Features of WebStrom
- Great for Writing Efficient Code.
- Offers Intelligent Code Completion for better productivity.
- Have options for on-the-fly syntax error detection.
- Automated Refactoring of Code.
- Also supports latest technologies such as ECMAScript 6, Angular JS and more.
- Offers Cross-platform features — Can be installed in any system.
- The New version comes with the support of TypeScript.
2. Komodo IDE
Komodo IDE is one of the most popular multi-purpose IDE. The IDE can serve many programmers out there, and it is available for 21-day trial. With the support for all the major language, you will not have to leave the IDE at all! and that’s a great advantage for any programmer or developer.
Moreover, they offer a plethora of tools to help you code more efficiently. In fact, programmers can build complete applications without having to leave the IDE. This proves a vital point in end-to-end project implementation.
Recently, Komodo 10.2 has been released, and it came up with powerful new features. Here is a short list on what you are promised with Komodo.
Features of Komodo 10.2
- Slack Sharing
- Glup, Grunt, NM, Yarn
- Cordova and PhoneGap
- Tutorial Tools
- Chrome Debugging
- Support for popular modern web frameworks like Angular, Ember, React and others.
- Offers tons of Add-Ons and Customization
- Unit Testing for better testing experience
NetBeans is another extremely popular name in the programming community. No programmer can make the claim, not to have heard about NetBeans. And there is a reason behind this popularity.
Features of Netbeans
- Support HTML, CSS for creating complete application
- Supports Syntax Highlighting, code folding, auto-completion and more
- Supports jQuery
- Supports debugging
- It is free to download.
4. Visual Studio Community Edition
It offers code completion, Jump to, debugging tools and more. The support for plugins makes it much more desirable for the community. I choose to list the community edition and not the professional for many reasons. The first reason is cost. Visual Studio IDE is costly and the benefits are not obvious after long use of the IDE. Another reason is that it is slow.
Features of Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition
- Comes with a lot of tools.
- Support varied languages including C++, Python, HTML5 and more.
- Can build Cloud application with ease.
One drawback of the Visual Studio is the requirement. To leverage and work properly, you need to have a good machine.
5. Sublime Text
Sublime Text is my most favorite text editor/IDE. With a clean interface, tons of plugins, the text editor/IDE beats everyone out there(I might be biased here).
So, why I love Sublime Text so much? And, why you should give it a try if you have not tried it until now. The two main reason is speed and the cost. If you download the free trial, it works similar to the full version(with a nagging screen, yup, just like WinRar). One more reason that sets the text editor apart from others is the support of 70 different programming languages(scripts). This makes it a complete package and you will sure not regret it anytime soon.
The text editors also support TextMate and Vim emulation. There are tons of keyboard shortcuts to improve productivity and this makes you feel powerful(I felt it and you will too!)
Features of Sublime Text
- Multiple Selections for better editing
- GoTo Anything for faster refactoring
- Command Palette for quick referencing
- Distraction Free Mode for better productivity and concentration
- Split Editing(the name says it all)
- Instant Project Switch (for better translation)
- Tons of plugins to improve functionality
- Plugin API for customization
- Cross Platform for working on different platforms
Available: Free(With a bugging reminder). $70 for one license
What are the other options?
Do Note: In one of my earlier posts, I have also discussed how much one has to practice to gain mastery in one skill. it can be programming, swimming, and anything else you can think of. Right Now, the magic number is 10,000 hours, but there is still some amount of evidence that the number can differ for different persons learning different skills.
So, which IDE, you are using? Comment below and let us know! Also, share the article so that your friends can choose the best IDE for their projects.