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Babel vs Notepad++: What are the differences?

Babel: Use next generation JavaScript, today. Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support; Notepad++: Free source code editor and Notepad replacement. Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Babel can be classified as a tool in the "JavaScript Compilers" category, while Notepad++ is grouped under "Text Editor".

Some of the features offered by Babel are:

  • Array comprehensions
  • Arrow functions
  • Async functions

On the other hand, Notepad++ provides the following key features:

  • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding: screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3 and screenshot 4
  • PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace

"Modern Javascript works with all browsers", "Open source" and "Integration with lots of tools" are the key factors why developers consider Babel; whereas "Syntax for all languages that i use", "Tabbed ui" and "Great code editor" are the primary reasons why Notepad++ is favored.

Babel is an open source tool with 33.5K GitHub stars and 3.57K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Babel's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Babel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 888 company stacks & 661 developers stacks; compared to Notepad++, which is listed in 182 company stacks and 483 developer stacks.

Decisions about Babel and Notepad++
Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 301.1K views

Since communication with Github is not necessary, the Atom is less convenient in working with text and code. Sublim's support and understanding of projects is best for us. Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface. We use a good theme for Sublim ayu-dark

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Pros of Babel
Pros of Notepad++
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    Modern Javascript works with all browsers
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    Open source
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    Integration with lots of tools
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    Easy setup
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    Very active on github
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    Love
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    JSX
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    Source maps
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    Extensions
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    Syntax for all languages that i use
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    Tabbed ui
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    Great code editor
  • 53
    Fast and lightweight
  • 38
    Plugins
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    Nice GUI
  • 26
    Regex & Special Character Search & Replace
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    Fast startup
  • 9
    Application is free, and plugins are too
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    Themes
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    Free
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    Very Lightweight
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    100% Free
  • 2
    Column selection
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    Awesome autocomplete
  • 1
    Easy edit on FTP servers (NppFTP)
  • 1
    Cos it's seck
  • 1
    Nice gui. are you kidding me?
  • 1
    Open Sourced

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      No default plugin manager
    • 1
      Can't install more advanced packets

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    What is Babel?

    Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support.

    What is Notepad++?

    Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

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