Best IDEs for Coding

Code editors or IDEs, unlike ordinary text editors, are software that facilitates program for code writing. There are many code editors that are paid and free, online or offline (installed on the computer). Advantages of code editors can be listed as follows:

  • IDEs highlight the syntax structure according to the structure of programming language with different color or font patterns. This makes it easier to code.
  • IDEs scan syntax structure of the code you write instantaneously and give warnings about possible errors so that it is easier to solve the errors before compiling.
  • Thanks to the project definition features, IDEs make it easy to keep and organize different files and folders of your project in a tidy structure.
  • IDEs speed up coding with sentence and word completion features. In doing so, they do it by offering completion options according to which language languages ​​they support. Even those who are successful in artificial intelligence calculate which code to write and suggest it to you and make your job easier.
  • Some code editors integrate into your accounts in software development communities such as Git-Hub, making it easier to manage your projects.
  • Professional IDEs enables teamwork.

Which Code Editor to Choose?

Actually, there is no single answer to this question. You can make your choice by considering many factors such as your environment, programming language, personal coding preferences. For example, if you are developing a mobile application, it would be better to choose programs that focus on this purpose such as Android Studio and Xcode. Or if you are going to do an Arduino project, Arduino's own code editor is directly solution-oriented, so you may choose to choose it. So in the code editor selection,  instead of "Which code editor is the best?" question, "Which code editor is the best according to my purpose, the language I will use, my personal expectations?" questions are more accurate.

Best IDEs

Different lists can be made under this title according to the perspective. Here we will start with free and quality code editors. Also, the purpose of ranking here is not to list good to bad, but to list good code editors. Because answer of "which is better" question is varies from person to person. The answer to this question varies according to cost, performance, personal taste and many others different feature priorities.

1- Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code are different programs. While Visual Studio is a full-fledged compiler and code editor, Visual Studio Code is a Git-integrated, open-source coding editor that supports many programming languages ​​such as Atom. Visual Studio Code is a very popular IDE with many plus features such as adding code snippets, fast operation, stability, auto update, successful autofill. Recently the popularity of this program is increasing because of these features. 

2- Atom 

Atom code editor, developed by Git-Hub developers, stands out with its features such as ease of use, plugins, simplicity, and Git-Hub integration. Atom is  very popular open source code editor. You can add many excellent features to Atom, especially with open source plugin packages. Some other properties of Atom;

  • Cross platform supporting,
  • Customization flexible,
  • Smart autofilling,
  • Multipanel supporting etc.
3- Brackets

Brackets is a code editor with standard IDE features such as multi-window, project definition, auto-completion, which stands out with its features for developing web-based design (front-end) applications. To give a more concrete example of Brackets being a design based IDE, you can easily access and change the css file that a web page is linked to. Adobe supported Brackets Adobe's products Dreamweaver has integration with programs such as Photoshop. There is also Git integration. Although not as wide and flexible as Atom or Visual Studio Code, it can be developed with packages and plugins in Brackets. Brackets has been criticized for encouraging coders to purchase, as their key features depend on Adobe products.

4- Notepad++

Although it is a bit more traditional and less developed than other code editors, Notepad ++ is a frequently used code editor with its fast operation and low system requirements. Notepad ++ is a Windows program. There is no direct installation program for other operating systems.

5- Eclipse

Eclipse is also an open source IDE. Eclipse, which stands out with its compilation and debugging features, mostly supports many programming languages ​​such as C, C ++, Python, C #, Php. Eclipse has a large user community that you can customize and develop with additional packages and add-ons. In this way, you can get great support in documentation.

6- Netbeans

Netbeans, which is an open source, Apache supported code editor, also stands out with its Java focus as Eclipse, but it supports many programming languages. Although Eclipse is more preferred in Java category, there are cases where Netbeans is more advantageous for some professional purposes such as Java GUI design, game engine integration.

7- Sublime Text

Sublime Text, which is an IDE that you can install for free but you can access its advanced features for a fee, is a preferred code editor with its advanced aesthetic interface and fast working features. If you are a beginner programmer,features of Sublime Text will be sufficient for your. If you are a professional, Sublime Text offers great features for a fee, and there is a wide range of professional users.

8- Visual Studio 

Visual Studio is a comprehensive compiler and code editor. Visual Studio, which is a full-fledged program with multi-platform and language support, has much more advanced features (more advanced autofill, system integrations, teamwork spesifications etc.) unlike other editors. Although Visual Studio is a paid software, a free Community version is available. Visual studio requires more system requirements than simple code editors, so it can push your computer .

9- Jetbrains Editors

Jetbrains is actually a paid platform with customized IDE for many programming languages ​​such as C, Java, Python, Php. But Free Community versions are also available for most of these IDEs. In fact, Visual Studio and Jetbrains Editors are in a different category than other code editors, they are more professional software. Jetbrains editors such as PyCharm and Intellij provide professional support especially for professional programmers, so they are very popular. Jetbrains editors also have a more complex and advanced structure and artificial intelligence than plain code editors like Visual Studio. Therefore, they are more advanced in terms of factors such as automatic code completion and creating group projects.