Best Code Editors for Beginners

Best Multipurpose Code Editors for Beginners and Developers

Code is Poetry” a phrase which was coined by WordPress, the popular content management platform which needs no introduction. Code is the poetry which the machines or more specifically, computers understand  and love but can’t write on their own. Although recent developments in Artificial intelligence have created algorithm and machine learners which can generate their own code and algos, most coding is still being done by developers and programmers.

Even, normal tasks on the internet like using hashtags on social media, searching on Google, embedding maps or social media shares in web pages is done by using small code snippets.

So, whether you are a professional programmer, a wannabe developer or manage your own website or blog, you probably know a little bit about coding and how it works.

A code can be written even in an application with most basic functionality like the Notepad or a text editor but  choosing the right code editor would help you in being more efficient and productive and achieve faster results.

A modern code editor comes loaded with tools and features which assist you in writing code and in avoiding common mistakes like a missed semi-colons (;). It would alert you of any syntax error and automatically indent your code so that it looks pretty and readable.

Here, we have made a list of some of the most popular code editors which are suitable for beginners as well as professional developers.

BRACKETS

Brackets Code Editor

Brackets is a code editor with primary focus on web development. Brackets introduces itself on it’s website as

A modern, open source text editor that understands web design

It was developed by the Adobe Systems. Brackets is cross-platform, available for macOS, Windows, and most Linux distros. The main purpose of brackets is its live html, css and java script editing functionality. It supports functions like

Inline Editor

Put your mouse cursor on that ID, push Command / Ctrl+E and Brackets will show you all the CSS selectors with that ID in an inline window so you can work on your code side-by-side without any popups.

Live Preview

It Supports live preview mode where it launches your web browser (works best with Chrome) and shows a live preview of you html and java script code as you make changes. Also you can see where your CSS selector is being applied in the browser by simply putting your cursor on it. It’s a code editor with the convenience of in browser development tools.

Pre Processor Support

With Brackets you can use Quick Edit and Live Highlight with your LESS and SCSS files which will make working with them easier than ever.

It provide all the modern features for web developers like the CSS color picker which lets you choose and edit the css color code directly from the code editor.

Brackets Code Editor Color Picker
Extension Support

You can install extension to add extra functionality to you code editor.

Brackets supports codes from multiple file types from C++, C, VBScript to Java, JavaScript, HTML, Python, Perl and Ruby. The complete list comprises more than 38 file types. This gives the user flexibility to work on various files of a project simultaneously.

Brackets Code Editor Theme Picker

You can choose a lighter theme with white background or darker background with light colored text.

NOTEPAD++

Notepad Plus Plus Code Editor

Notepad++ is perhaps the fastest, most lightweight and most popular code and text editor. It provides the most basic functionality for a code editor and supports multiple language. It describes itself as a Green Code Editor as it uses less CPU power and resource on your computer thus reducing its carbon footprint.

It supports most of the common features like Syntax highlighting and folding, a customisable Graphical User Interface, multi document tab interface, WYSIWYG Printing, Macro recording and playback.

If you are a beginner and need a most basic code editor which is fast and lightweight with limited functionality then Notepad++ is the right choice for you. It also has a Notepad++ online community where you can get answers to your queries.

However, Notpead++ needs third party applications like Wine if you need to install it on macs as Notpead++ was developed to run in Windows environment and uses Windows system APIs

ATOM

Atom Code Text Editor

Atom is an open source code  and text editor. All core Atoms Packages are available under MIT licence. It is built with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js integration. It runs on Electron, a framework for building cross platform apps using web technologies.

Themes

Comes preinstalled with 4 User interface themes and 8 syntax themes with both the light and dark color. It has a online community of theme developers. It also lets you customize the theme and UI with custom javascript and css.

You can choose from thousands of open source packages or extensions which bring added functionality to Atom editor.

It supports most of the basic features like Split pane or tabs, smart auto completion and can open multiple projects in one window.

VISUAL STUDIO CODE

Visual Studio Code Editor

Visual Studio Code is open source free source code editor developed by Microsoft which runs an all major operating systems. Visual Studio is a very robust code editor which is suitable for complex and large projects. In 2018 Developers Survey, Visual Studio Code was ranked #1, with 34.9% of the 75,398 respondents using it.

Apart from common features it uses something which Microsoft calls IntelliSense. It goes beyond syntax highlighting and autocomplete, IntelliSense, provides smart completions based on variable types, function definitions, and imported modules.

It has Git commands built-in. Working with Git and other SCM providers has been made easier. It reviews diffs, stage files, and make commits right from the editor. Push and pull from any hosted SCM service.

Visual Studio Code Editor Extensions

You can install extensions to add new languages, themes, debuggers, and to connect to additional services. Extensions run in separate processes so that they don’t slow down the editor.

SUBLIME TEXT

Sublime Text Code Editor

It describes itself as “A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose”. Sublime Text is available for Mac, Windows and Linux.  Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.

Key bindings, menus, snippets, macros, completions and more – just about everything in Sublime Text is customizable with simple JSON files. This system gives you flexibility as settings can be specified on a per-file type and per-project basis.

Sublime Text is built from custom components, providing for unmatched responsiveness. From a powerful, custom cross-platform UI toolkit, to an unmatched syntax highlighting engine, Sublime Text sets the bar for performance.

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