I'm sure a lot of you are like me and have switched code editors a number of times. I think my first major editor was Coda. Then I moved to TextMate when I started working primarily on local. Then Sublime Text. And, most recently, VS Code. I bet your journey was different. I know lots of folks that quite love Atom, Brackets, WebStorm, and even BBedit. You do you!
For me, that's four changes in a dozen years, or a change every three years. Moving isn't something I do quickly. Here's a collection of thoughts around the idea of changing editors.
Clever microsite from Burke Holland and Sarah Drasner that highlights some of VS Code's coolest features. All fifteen of them are pretty darn cool. Here's a few other compelling features I've seen people use/love:
- There is a terminal right in there, so you don't need a separate app.
- The GitLens add-on, which shows you who last updated any line of code in your codebase, and when.
- Vim nerds aren't left out.
- Live Share is coming soon.
- Solis looks like a pretty cool add-on for live previews.
- Type checking
Personally, I'm still on Sublime. I gave VS Code the college try last year but failed. I can't even remember why now, which means it's probably about time to try again. If it was slowness, maybe it was because I was using too many add-ons.